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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

PIL against Thiruvalluvar statue: Karnataka HC raps antagonists

By Gopal Ethiraj

Bangalore, 07 August (Asiantribune.com): Making stinging remarks against Kannada protagonists opposing the unveiling of Tamil saint poet Thiruvalluvar's statue here, Karnataka High Court today asked them not to divide the nation on the lines of caste, religion and region. It would only fuel bad blood and lead to strained relations between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

"Don't make attempts to divide the nation on caste and language lines," a division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakaran and Justice V G Sabhahit observed when counsel for pro-Kannada outfits prayed for an early hearing of their PIL seeking direction to government not to unveil the statue.

"Do not carry your agitation to the court," the bench warned the petitioners, who included Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha leader Vatal Nagaraj, the former MLA, Prabhakara Reddy, Kannada Rakshana Vedike chief Praveen Shetty and Dalit leader N. Murthy.

The Chief Justice also remarked that "if you have guts, file a petition in the Madras High Court in connection with the unveiling of the statue of (Kannada poet) Sarvajna".

The Chief Justice sought to know how the unveiling is in public interest

When the petitioners informed the court it was a private one, the Chief Justice said the invitation printed by the Government mentioned it a Government programme.

The petitioners persisted that the unveiling is by a private agency. The Chief Justice asked them to place some deposit before the court, and said “You will lose the deposit if it is proved that the function is a Government one.”

The Bench refused to take up hearing of the matter in the afternoon, saying that it is not urgent. It said the matter could be posted on Friday and adjourned further hearing of the case.

Statue will influence by-polls: Kannada Vedike

A section of Kannada Rakshana Vedike (KRV) activists on Wednesday, petitioned the Election Commission against the state government’s plan to unveil the statute of Tamil poet Thiruvalluvar in Bangalore on August 9.

The group said that the government’s move will influence the August 18 by-poll in Govindaraja Nagar Assembly segment in the city. The government should be stopped from unveiling the statue, since the model code of conduct is in place, it said in a its petition to Chief Electoral Officer C S Suranjan.

Officials in the CEO’s office said that there was “no change” in the EC’s stand. The government had been given permission to go ahead with the programme.

- Asian Tribune -

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