RIP Kalaignar: Burial Site Row In Court Continues


Chennai: Following the death of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, five-time chief minister and a towering leader in the Tamil Nadu politics, on Tuesday, a controversy has erupted over his burial after the ruling AIADMK government turned down DMK’s request to allot space for Kalaignar’s burial near party founder C N Annadurai’s memorial at the iconic Marina Beach.

On Tuesday evening, the DMK moved the Madras High Court seeking burial of Karunanidhi’s mortal remains at Chennai’s Marina Beach. In a special late night hearing before the first bench, the counsel for DMK questioned the government’s legal ground for not allotting space for burying Karunanidhi at the Marina beach.

Hearing the matter, Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G Ramesh adjourned it to 8 am as the state government reportedly sought more time to file a reply in the case.

DMK patriarch Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday in Chennai after battling ill health for weeks. He was 94.

Tamil Nadu government’s lawyer said,”DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case.”

“D K Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of Dravidian movement. Was he buried at Marina beach?” he asked.

DMK lawyer said, “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.