Thousands pay tributes to Karunanidhi; HC dismisses all pleas against burials at Marina

Chennai, August 8: A large number of people have gathered outside the Rajaji Hall here to pay their last respects to DMK President M Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday evening due to age related ailments.

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The mortal remains of Karunanidhi was brought to Rajaji Hall on early Wednesday after it was taken to his homes at Gopalapuram here and at CIT Colony for relatives and leaders to pay their last respects to the departed leader.

A Chief Minister for five times, the 94-year old veteran politician Karunanidhi’s body is covered with National Flag.

Actor-turned-politician Rajinikanth paid his respects to Karunanidhi and consoled the family members of the DMK leader.

Leaders of DMK party have assembled at Rajaji Hall.

HC dismisses all pleas against burials at Marina

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed all pending petitions challenging burials on the Marina here as it resumed hearing on a petition by the DMK seeking allotment of space at the famous beach for laying to rest its leader M Karunanidhi.

The first bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh and Justice S S Sundar dismissed the petitions, including one by social activist Traffic Ramaswamy, when it resumed hearing this morning.

After a special sitting that commenced late last night, the court had adjourned the matter at 1.15 am for resumed hearing at 8 am.

The DMK moved the court late last night hours after the AIADMK government announced its inability to allot space on the Marina beach for burial of Karunanidhi citing pending cases.

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.

Source Tribune India