: A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to prohibit the State Government from renovating the memorial of former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran on the Marina here at government expense.
A Division Bench of Justices R. Banumathi and R. Subbiah on Friday directed Special Government Pleader I.S. Inbadurai to get instructions. It posted the matter for October 15.
Petitioner A.G. Narasimhan, an advocate of Vennandur in Namakkal district, cited a news item in a Tamil newspaper in which it had been stated that the Chief Minister had issued an order to beautify the memorial by adding new constructions, and allocated Rs.3.40 crore. The work had started and would be completed by December 2012. He said the government’s decision had come at a time when the State was facing a crisis. It was unnecessary to renovate the memorial using public money. When the public were suffering without electricity, illumination of the memorial was not necessary.