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Updated: September 24, 2013 19:14 IST

Karunanidhi slams SG for recusing from Sethusamudram project

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Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran. Photo: M. Srinath.
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Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran. Photo: M. Srinath.

Slamming Solicitor General (SG) Mohan Parasaran for recusing himself from the Sethusamudram project case in the Supreme Court, DMK President M. Karunanidhi raised doubts whether he had given an impression that he was “communal.”

Referring to Mr. Parasaran’s withdrawal from the case citing “conflict of interest” since his father was appearing for one of the petitioners opposing the project, Mr. Karunanidhi said other reports also suggested that the SG had quit the case following his faith in Lord Ram.

“A section of media reported that he had withdrawn from the case since he believed Ram built the Ramasethu and that there will (also) be a conflict of interest since his father K. Parasaran is appearing for a petitioner,” he told reporters.

Mr. Karunanidhi said that contrary to the stand of “secular” Central Government, its SG had made comments which were not clear if he was communal or not.

“Sethusamudram project is something which will benefit Tamil Nadu and its people. At a time when the Centre has come forward in the Supreme Court to implement it, senior advocates like Mohan Parasaran making statements contrary to Centre’s opinion and like a communal (element) does not seem proper to me,” he said.

“My personal faith is there. No Muslim, Christian or Hindu will go against his personal faith. But the larger issue is conflict of interest,” Mr. Parasaran had said after withdrawing from the case.

On September 16, 2013 the Centre had brushed aside objections raised by the Tamil Nadu government against the project by telling the Apex Court that it intends to go ahead with the venture as the expert panel headed by R.K. Pachauri had not come out with tenable and scientific data.

The State Government had said the controversial project should be scrapped and the Centre should accept the Committee’s report that has found the entire project unviable on two fronts - economically and ecologically.

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Personal reasons cannot be questioned.. Let us not make politics on personal belief.

from:  Narasimhan Ragunathan
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 11:42 IST

In any disputed case, only one side can win, unless the case is settled. In the particular case, there are political overtones, and the present SG, was more particular to attach importance to the sacred fatherSon relationship as a true hindu, and kudos to him on that account. There are other law officers for the Govt of India, and they will be in a position to represent the case before the Apex Court. The Family tie up is really sacred, and the affectionate meet at the dinner table is more pleasant than a Legal encounter in court.

from:  c p Chandra das
Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 06:26 IST

Congratulation Mr.Parasaran for your bold stand in this regard.It seems that they are again going to spoil crores of rupees in this useless project.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2013 at 04:05 IST

If having tenable and scientific data are the only norms for a decision, then most decisions of the government on religious issues should automaticlally become null and void. Would it not? The SG should be commended for his personal stand and has every right to have one.

from:  V. Ramaswami
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 20:56 IST

I applaud Mohan for recusing himself. Instead of Karunanidhi blaming him he should applaud him for that so that someonelse can whole heartedly present the case. Don't think Karananidhi understands such concepts, show his narrow mindedness

from:  Chander N
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 20:43 IST

There is not a single study, which can corroborate the statements given by Karunanidhi or the centre, that this project makes any economic or ecological sense. On the contrary, there are reports which reccomend that this project will harm the country, more specifically the people of Tamil Nadu, both economically and ecologically. One wonders why Karunanidhi and the centre have made this project a personal issue and are hell bent on pushing it through. And why have they made it a Hindu, Muslim, Christian issue anyway?

from:  mithi
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 15:48 IST

The larger point is not whether there is going to be economic gain in the short to medium term but what ecological damage is to be done and at what continuing cost to the exchequer for the next two decades and whether destroying the undersea barrier would also expose the eastern coast to higher magnitude of destruction where there to be a repeat of the 2004 tsunami... these are questions that are to be scientifically addressed and answered by simulation modelling and wave lab testing an infrastructure that could be easily have been created instead of pouring tax payers money down the drain into the sea literally.

from:  rniyengar
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 15:34 IST

The Sethusamudram project is highly controversial .1The central govt brushes aside the objections of the state govt.Such overbearing attitude of the union govt is posing a danger to federalism 2 The faith of the Hindus is not respected by the union govt.3The experts committee report should not be ignored.Mr Karunanidhi's criticism of Solicitor General is unwarranted. SG has rightly recused himself. Certain forces are hell bent upon the project for selfish interests.The people will not forgive the govt if it stands with those forces and hurts the sentiments of Hindus.The faith was not invented after the announcement of the project.The faith is immemorial .we hope that better sense will prevail.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 15:08 IST

Nice politicking. On the one hand a religious symbol on the forehead (nothing new or special or provoking at that, just perhaps following ones belief) and on the other, publishing this picture in the newspaper with, possibly, an agenda. Way to go!!

from:  S. Lewitt
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 15:02 IST

There is nothing wrong in Solicitor General having faith. The Constitution gives that right. May be the veteran leader from Tamilnadu who has made his political career from sowing poisonous seeds of dividing people in the name of rationalism and selfrespect has never studied nor understood Indian Constitution. Of course he can not understand what conflict of interest is. Wisdom does not come with age, this political leader is a living example of that.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 13:18 IST

At least he is honest enough to say that the truth and stay away from the case. If it was someone who is dishonest either he would have not told the truth and use his power to work against the project

from:  Prem
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 12:43 IST

Sethu Samudram is some thing Hindus revere. Environmentalists have also cautioned about the adverse impact the project can make in the ecology of that region. Analysts say that DMK has it has an eye on the money it can make in dredging activities of the area.

from:  Chandran Avinjikat
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 12:14 IST

What is communal about saying one has faith. Karunanidhi is as usual talking nonsense. He is the most communal of all politicians and goes around pointing fingers at others. Why is the Hindu publishing such illogical statements made by him.

from:  Nitya
Posted on: Sep 24, 2013 at 12:05 IST
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