DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Sunday wondered what would happen to democracy if every State government went on introducing new legislation to nullify Supreme Court orders.
“I am yet to find an answer to the question,” he said referring to the law enacted by the Kerala government in 2006 in the wake of the Supreme Court's February 2006 order allowing Tamil Nadu to raise the water level at Mullaperiyar Dam from 136 feet to 142 feet.
“The ruling of the Supreme Court is final on every issue. Is it correct on the part of Kerala government to bring in a legislation to nullify the order?” he said.
Mr. Karunanidhi said if the Supreme Court had questioned the Kerala government about the new legislation, Tamils would not have been targeted in the State. He said the DMK had organised a fast and a human chain to remind the people of Kerala about the Supreme Court order and to secure protection for the dam by Central security forces.
He also recalled the Supreme Court's ruling that there was no basis for Kerala's argument that the dam was too weak to hold 142 feet of water and the order restraining Kerala and its officers from causing any obstruction to work by Tamil Nadu for strengthening the dam.
The DMK leader said though he was keen on participating in the protests, his party men had decided against it taking into consideration his health condition.