Karunanidhi Death: Madras HC Dismisses Petitions Challenging the Construction of Memorials at Marina Beach

Chennai, August 8: On Tuesday, former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi died at the age of 94 after battling age-related ailments at Kauvery Hospital. Earlier, family members of Karunanidhi and a DMK delegation led by M K Stalin met Chief Minister K Palaniswami had sought space near Annadurai's memorial for burying Karunanidhi's body.

On Tuesday, the Madras High Court adjourned the hearing on a petition seeking permission to bury M Karunanidhi near Amma Memorial at Marina Beach. The hearing resumed today morning and Madras High Court has dismissed petitions filed by Traffic Ramaswamy, K Balu & Duraisamy challenging the construction of memorials at Marina beach, according to an ANI update.

Earlier, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and superstar Rajinikanth urged the state government to provide land at Marina Beach for Karunanidhi's burial. The Tamil Nadu Government has declared a government holiday on Wednesday. Reports inform that all the schools, colleges and government offices in the state would remain closed as a mark of respect for the veteran leader. Meanwhile, the Karnataka Government has declared a one-day state mourning for Tamil Nadu's Kalaignar.

The DMK in its release said, "Karunanidhi's mortal remains to be taken to his Gopalapuram residence. Family members and relatives can pay their respects between 8.30 p.m and 1 a.m. Following this, Karunanidhi's mortal remains will be kept at his CIT Colony residence between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. At 4 am, his remains will be taken to Rajaji Hall where party cadre, the general public and political leaders can pay their respects". Following the death of Karunanidhi, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation(KSRTC) suspended its services to Tamil Nadu.