Karunanidhi gets notice over ‘allegations’ against Jayalalitha


Chennai : A legal notice has been forwarded to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, seeking an unconditional apology for making “false allegations” against leader of opposition J. Jayalalitha over the students clash at the law college here last week, an AIADMK lawyer said Wednesday.

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“Karunanidhi should tender an unconditional apology for indicating the hand of the leader of opposition in the clashes in the Ambedkar Law College campus last week or be sued for Rs.1 crore (Rs.10 million) to be paid for defaming Jayalalitha,” party lawyer Navaneethakrishnan told reporters.

The two leaders have been sparring with each other through statements on the issue since early this week.

While Karunanidhi said the statement was made “as a mere aside during a chat with journalists”, Jayalalitha took the matter seriously and threatened the chief minister with legal action.

On Nov 12, students of the law college had allegedly fought over the contents of an invitation for a political event. They attacked each other with sticks and iron rods.

Eyewitnesses said police officials remained mute spectators and failed to control the violence in which three students were injured.

The Tamil Nadu government Nov 13 suspended nine policemen and the college principal for failing to control the violent clash between students, and announced a probe into the incident by a retired Madras High Court judge.

Students of law colleges across the state held demonstrations and pelted stones on educational institutions to protest alleged police inaction last Wednesday.