J. Venkatesan

Petition filed in Supreme Court "Government had given an undertaking that no structure would be allowed on the main road"

New Delhi: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court alleging that by installing the statue of actor Sivaji Ganesan at the Kamarajar Salai-Radhakrishnan Salai junction in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu Government committed contempt of court.

The applicant, P.N. Srinivasan (who was the petitioner before the Madras High Court), submitted that the Government, in April 10, 2003, had given an undertaking that no temporary or permanent structure would ever be allowed on the main road, which would obstruct free traffic flow. In gross disregard of the undertaking, it unveiled the statue without obtaining a clarification from the apex court as directed by the High Court.

The Tamil Nadu Government had filed an application in the Supreme Court asserting that the installation of the statue would not obstruct traffic flow and that there was no violation of the undertaking. It said the apex court judgment was not applicable to the facts of the present case.