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AIADMK moves SC against TN bandh
September 29, 2007 17:05 IST
The AIADMK on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to restrain the DMK and its constituents from enforcing a bandh in Tamil Nadu on October 1 on the Ram Sethu project.
In a special leave petition (SLP) filed before the apex court through counsel Subramaniam Prasad, the party's chairperson, E Madhusudhan, submitted that the bandh call given by the ruling party and its allies was unconstitutional and violative of the apex court's directions on the issue.
The petitioner submitted that the bandh was unwarranted as the matter relating to the Ram Sethu project was already pending before the apex court.
The ruling DMK and its allies in the Democractic People's Alliance (DPA) had given a call for statewide bandh on Monday to put pressure on the Centre to go ahead with the construction of the Ram Sethu project, which had been kept on the hold.
The AIADMK has filed the SLP, after the Madras High Court declined to interfere with the party's plea for restraining the ruling combine from going ahead with the bandh call.
Dissatisfied with the relief given by the high court, the AIADMK has now moved the apex court. The Centre last week assured the Supreme Court that it would keep all issues relating to the Sethu project under hold until a consensus was evolved on the controversial issue on the perceived damage posed to the mythical barrier Ram Sethu.