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Court to Hear Plea on Karunanidhi’s Burial at Chennai’s Marina Beach

Madras High Court dismisses petitions filed by Traffic Ramaswamy, K Balu and Duraisamy challenging construction of memorials at Marina beach.

The Madras High Court, has asked the Tamil Nadu government to decide where DMK patriarch will be laid to rest and will resume hearing at 8 am on whether his burial will be at Anna Square memorial along Chennai’s Marina beach.

The Tamil Nadu government had earlier on Tuesday evening rejected the request from rival DMK, triggering sharp criticism of its decision in Tamil Nadu and beyond.

The DMK says the AIADMK’s refusal to give six-feet land to bury the five-time chief minister next to his mentor CN Annadurai’s grave “reeks of pettiness and political vendetta”. Mr Karunanidhi died on Tuesday in Chennai. He was 94.

In Karunanidhi’s funeral, hundreds of supporters escorted the ambulance carrying his body to his house. Actor Rajinikanth and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited his house. The Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day mourning in his honour.

Rapid Action Force has been deployed outside Anna Memorial at Marina Beach.

Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has reached Rajaji Hall to pay his respects to Karunanidhi:

A huge crowd has gathered to pay homage Karunanidhi. They have been raising slogans of “long live Kalaignar” and “need Marina!”.

PM Modi is to reach Rajaji Hall at 11am to pay homage to Karunanidhi. He had earlier tweeted condolences after the DMK leader’s demise:

Tamil Nadu government’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.”

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