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Updates: Palaniswami, Rajinikanth pay last respects to Karunanidhi; Madras HC hearing on burial plea at 8 am

DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi passed away at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday evening. He was 94.

High drama followed his death as the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu refused to allow his cremation at Marina beach in Chennai as demanded by DMK supporters. DMK supporters then knocked the doors of the high court late on Tuesday night, which deferred the hearing to 8am today.

Here are the live updates:

Great loss for Tamil Nadu: Chief minister Palaniswami

This is a great loss for Tamil Nadu. My deep condolences to his family members and DMK party workers: Tamil Nadu CM E Palaniswami after paying last respects to Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall.

E Palaniswamy and O Panneerselvam at Rajaji hall

Sea of DMK supporters throng Rajaji hall

Rajinikanth, Dhanush pay last respects

Rajinikanth, Dhanush pay last respects to Karunanidhi at Rajaji hall.

Karunanidhi’s remains wrapped in tricolour

Mortal remains of Karunanidhi wrapped in tricolour at Chennai’s Rajaji hall.

Dhinakaran arrives at Rajaji hall

TTV Dhinakaran arrives at Rajaji hall where mortal remains of Karunanidhi are kept.

Ambulance carrying mortal remains of Karunanidhi arrives at Rajaji hall

Ambulance carrying mortal remains of Karunanidhi arrives at Rajaji hall amid a sea of DMK supporters and police personnel.

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