Row over resting place

A controversy erupted over the final resting place of DMK leader M. Karunanidhi with his party seeking to bury his mortal remains at Anna Memorial on the Marina beach, while the AIADMK government — citing legal hurdles — offered a two-acre site at Gandhi Mandapam on Sardar Patel Road, opposite the Anna University.

Former Chief Ministers C. Rajagopalachari, K. Kamaraj and Bhaktavatsalam have memorials at the Gandhi Mandapam, while C.N. Annadurai, M.G. Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa were interred at the Marina.

At the time of going to press past midnight, the Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh, along with Justice S.S. Sundar, commenced an urgent hearing at his house on a late-night petition filed by the DMK seeking a place next to Mr. Karunanidhi’s political mentor and DMK founder Annadurai.

Several leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, MDMK founder Vaiko, DMDK chief Vijayakant and actor Rajinikanth, urged the government to honour the veteran by facilitating a burial for him at the Marina.

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