Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi on Friday criticised the demand of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for the resignation of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram following a High Court order on an election petition against his victory from Sivaganga constituency in the last Lok Sabha polls.

Saying that the charges against Mr. Chidambaram were not even enquired into, he termed the demand for his resignation unjustified.

The fact that the court wanted the charges to be examined in detail did not mean that he was guilty. The charges had to be tried and proved beyond reasonable doubt, he said in a letter in party organ ‘Murasoli'.

Mr. Karunanidhi questioned the locus standi of Ms. Jayalalithaa in making the demand in the backdrop of judgments or charges against her in the Tansi and disproportionate wealth cases. Mr. Karunanidhi alleged that arrests of DMK functionaries were made under the present regime merely based on complaints. The demand for resignation even before the charges were proved or even inquired into amounted to making a mockery of democracy, he added.

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