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State not to appeal against High Court order

Tamil Nadu Advocate General Vijay Narayan on Wednesday confirmed that the State government will not appeal against the Madras High Court’s decision to allow the burial of DMK leader M. Karunanidhi at the Marina Beach in Chennai.

After an extraordinary midnight hearing, followed by early morning proceedings in the Madras High Court, Mr. Narayan said the State had decided not to appeal as it had accepted the judgment of the Madras High Court.

However, after the lunch recess, a junior of a Tamil Nadu lawyer, N. Rajaraman, claiming to represent activist Traffic Ramaswamy, who had moved the High Court, made an oral submission before a Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The lawyer said the proposed memorial fell within the Coastal Regulation Zone and the burial should be stopped.

Mr. Justice Gogoi said his Bench could not entertain the oral mention.

‘Just an oral mention’

Mr. Rajaraman, speaking over the phone from Coimbatore, said this was only an oral mention, and he had not filed any petition in the Supreme Court as of yet.

Mr. Rajaraman said he would, however, file one on August 9 and mention it before the CJ Bench.

All oral mentionings, as per the Chief Justice’s order, should be made before him.

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