HC to hear plea by Karunanidhi against inquiry panel on July 26

The Madras High Court has decided to hear on July 26 a writ petition filed by DMK president M. Karunanidhi in 2015, challenging the proceedings of the Justice R. Reghupathy Commission of Inquiry. The Commission was constituted by the AIADMK government in 2011 to probe alleged irregularities in the construction of a multi-crore building, currently housing the government multi super speciality hospital on Anna Salai.

When the writ petition came up for hearing before Justice S.M. Subramaniam on Wednesday, Advocate General Vijay Narayan represented the State government. However, senior counsel P. Wilson, appearing for the DMK patriarch, was unavailable to advance his arguments, and hence, the judge directed the High Court Registry to list the case on July 26 for commencement of final hearing in the case.

In the 2015 writ petition, Mr. Karunanidhi had urged the court to quash a questionnaire framed by the Commission of Inquiry and a consequential proceeding instructing him to file his response to the list of questions on or before March 12, 2015. He claimed that forcing him to fill a questionnaire amounted to fishing out material against him, besides shifting the burden of proof on him and not the State.

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