As thousands flocked to the Rajaji Hall in Chennai for a last look at M Karunanidhi, their “Kaliagnar” who died at 94 yesterday, his party DMK and the ruling AIADMK slugged it out in court over a burial site.
The Madras High Court resumed its hearing this morning on the DMK’s request to bury its patriarch at the Marina Beach, near his mentor CN Annadurai’s memorial.
A hearing was called around midnight at the home of acting chief justice Huluvadi G Ramesh as the DMK moved court after its request was denied by the ruling AIADMK, which had in 2016 skirted rules to bury its chief J Jayalalithaa at the Marina beach, near her mentor MG Ramachandran’s memorial.
The state government has instead offered the DMK a two-acre plot near Gandhi Mandapam, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
The ruling AIADMK, which had asked for time to reply to the petition, told the court today that only chief ministers who died in office were allotted space at the Marina Beach.