Chennai: The Madras High Court today ruled that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi will get a burial at Chennai's Marina beach.
V Kannadasan, DMK's lawyer after the verdict said, "The DMK's plea for the burial of Kalaignar's body near Anna memorial has been accepted by the Madras High Court. The court further directed Tamil Nadu government to ensure and establish a memorial for Kalaignar's."
On Tuesday, the DMK filed a plea in the court after state government denied burial space for Karunanidhi near Anna Memorial at Marina beach owing to pending petitions against burial on Marina beach.
#MK Stalin breaks down after the court verdict.
#Tamil Nadu govt's lawyer says 'DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case. DK Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of Dravidian movement. Was he buried at Marina beach?'
#DMK's lawyer says, 'There are 1 crore DMK followers in Tamil Nadu out of 7 crore population of the state. They'll be offended if burial land is not allotted for Karunanidhi at Marina beach.'
#Visuals of heavy security outside Anna Memorial at Marina beach.
#DMK's lawyer says 'You (state govt) have announced state mourning, why not give land for burial? There's no prohibition under Central Govt protocol to allot land at Marina beach for ex-CMs.
#DMK's lawyer says 'Anna, who is the founder of DMK, used to say my life & soul is Karunanidhi. Burying Karunanidhi next to Gandhi Mandapam cannot be termed as a decent burial.'
The Tamil Nadu government in its counter affidavit has stated that DMK chief Karunanidhi himself didn't allot land for former CM Janaki Ramachandran after understanding the protocol manual when he was the Chief Minister.
The state Govt has told the court that the DMK can't challenge press release by govt expressing inability to allot space at Marina beach for Karunanidhi.