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Madras HC grants permission to hold TESO meet

Chennai, Aug 12 (): The Madras High Court at last comes to the rescue of the DMK party granting relief by permitting to hold the pro-Eelam TESO meet this afternoon. At a special sitting, of a division bench headed by Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and M Venugopal today stayed the order of the Chennai Police Commissioner that refused permission to the organizers in order to hold the meeting at YMCA grounds here.

Concerning Law and order problem, the Chennai police yesterday refused permission which made the DMK to change the venue to its party headquarters Anna Arivalayam, instead of YMCA grounds. The DMK therefore had to move the madras High Court challenging the order of the police denial where a single judge on Saturday refused to hear the appeal by saying the matter has been pending in the division bench as a result placing the case before the division bench.

The police denial came as a big blow to the Party chief M Karunanidhi who created the TESO in wake of the deadly attacks on the Sri Lankan Tamils in the year 1980s. The police denial came following the centre and the state government raising protest in the court on Friday by objecting the word’ Eelam ‘that was used by the party in the title of the meet.

However the centre later told the court that it had no objection to the word ‘Eelam’ after making clear with the   organizers to ensure that the meet do not create any declaration or outcome that might ruin the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of any foreign country with whom India has diplomatic relations.The DMK  earlier took all legal steps to challenge the ban imposed by the city police.

The party cadres and TESO members were asked by the DMK chief to organize the meet in support of Lankan Tamils, besides urging the Centre and the countries that had supported a resolution against Sri Lanka in the United Nations Human Rights Council at Geneva to stop attacking the innocent people who were internally displaced in island nation.