Madras HC allows statue

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CHENNAI: Noting that the Indian government cannot put fetters on a citizen's right to make use of his own land in any manner without causing hindrance to anyone, the Madras high court permitted erection of a bust-size statue of K Muthukumar, who committed self-immolation in Chennai last year protesting the alleged killing of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Justice K Chandru, rejecting the government's objections to the statue, said: "If the argument of the special government pleader is accepted, then for putting up the picture of one's own parents or forefathers in private patta lands, they should move the authorities for permission. The government is trying to clutch a non-existing power."

The judge said: "Muthukumar, a Tamil youth abortively terminated his life for a cause which was dearer to him on January 29, 2009, at Chennai. The incident shocked the state. Muthukumar's last testament was widely publicised in all newspapers. There were meetings to condone his death and he was adored for the spirit of sacrifice."

The present petition was filed by P Maniarasan, general secretary of Thamizh Thesa Poduvudamai Katchi. He wanted to erect a bust-size statue of Muthukumar in a land exclusively belonging to a private person, at Sanoorapatti village in Thanjavur taluk. He approached the high court after the district authorities did not grant permission for the function.

While the petitioner contended that the government permission was not required for installing a statue on private property, the special government pleader submitted that without permission from the government, Maniarasan could not go ahead with the erection of the statue. He said Maniarasan should also provide land ownership details and must give an undertaking that the statue would be made of bronze. In future, if there is any hindrance to traffic, the statue should be removed from the existing place, he said.

Justice Chandru, rejecting the submissions, said: "Whether the statue should be made of clay or wood or stone or metal is to be left to the volition of the organisers. It may be the policy of the state that bronze statue alone should be erected in public places, lest any other forms are likely to be damaged by miscreants. But such ideas cannot be thrust upon to private citizens who set up memorial in their own lands." (Times of India)

  Comments - 15

  • Appu Wednesday, 24 November 2010 02:43 AM

    Pls erect one statue each for every LTTE terorists killed. May be can extend to Al-quida too!

    zulu Wednesday, 24 November 2010 02:49 AM

    Well who says he set him self on fire.... some political smuk would have set him on fire.

    spark Wednesday, 24 November 2010 03:17 AM

    This is clearly independent judiciary and justice system at work. The cause may be wrong, but the legal system has given a verdict without any political, religeos or ethnic bias or manipulation.

    vinura Wednesday, 24 November 2010 03:25 AM

    I think the indian govt. needs held from SL to destroy Tamil nadu.

    pissa Wednesday, 24 November 2010 03:30 AM

    yes 100 % sure

    Ranjith Wednesday, 24 November 2010 03:43 AM

    Tamils are avery unfortunte as their politicians nade them to recivie cursings for generation to generation.

    Lanke Banda Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:04 AM

    Ohh Those Indians in TN.

    Random Ali Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:05 AM

    Oh great, why not consider putting up a statue of "Gayatri" too?
    After all she killed Rajiv Gandhi, a great friend of the LTTE.

    Lanka Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:08 AM

    Internal affair of India.

    Anura W Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:12 AM

    cross effects are there!

    malkanthi Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:15 AM

    I thought Indian judiciary is much brainy than ours, this is stupid, a man with some inbalance mental condition due to some pressure committed suicide in public is not important!. May be Karunanidhi or Vaiko has offered a lump sum to the judge!

    W. Sriyani Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:31 AM

    Indian democracy is much better than here.

    lankaputha Wednesday, 24 November 2010 04:44 AM

    Nothing wrong of erecting a Statue of any person on a private land. democracy at it's best. This should be an eye opening for SL

    Random Ali Wednesday, 24 November 2010 05:35 AM

    That's very right. See the political quagmire in putting up a statue of Kadirgamar, who was out best FM ever.

    lankaputha Wednesday, 24 November 2010 05:44 AM

    good test, let's one of the Indians, erect a statue of Gayathri, at a private property. Think this too should be allowed, as long as it is not causing any disturbances to public interests.


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