Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach: Madras HC


After some late night drama and a morning hearing at 8 am, the Madras High Court allowed DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach. The DMK had filed a petition at Madras High Court last evening minutes after the demise of the five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister after the AIADMK Government in Tamil Nadu turned down DMK’s demand for the burial of Karunanidhi at Marina beach near the memorial of his political mentor Annadurai.

A two-judge bench of the Madras High Court comprising acting chief justice HG Ramesh and justice SS Sundar took up the matter for hearing at 10:30 pm yesterday (Aug 7) and, after the Tamil Nadu Government sought more time to file a reply, the two-judge bench adjourned the matter till 8 am today (Aug 8).

The Madras High Court, after resuming the hearing this morning, dismissed all pending petitions challenging burials on the Marina beach, paving the way for the burial of the Dravidian icon at Marina.

“The DMK’s plea for the burial of Kalaignar’s body near Anna memorial has been accepted by the Madras High Court. The court also directed the Tamil Nadu government to ensure & establish a memorial for Kalaignar,” V Kannadasan, DMK’s counsel, said.

“The DMK argued that there was no legal impediment to allotting space within the memorial of former Chief Minister C N Annadurai on the beachfront. During the hearing last night, two of the petitioners who had moved the court against late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s burial at the Marina and construction of a memorial there, withdrew their applications,” news agency PTI reported.

Karunanidhi’s funeral procession is expected to leave Rajaji Hall for the Anna Samadhi at 4:30 pm.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew to Chennai and offered his last respect to the mortal remains of the DMK patriarch.

Karunanidhi, popularly known as Kalaignar, breathed his last at 6.10 pm yesterday (Aug 7).