A submission to this effect was made by the Secretary, Tamil Development and Information Department before a division bench comprising Justices Satish K Agnihotri and K K Sasidharan.

The court was hearing a contempt petition filed by one P Nagarajan in connection with implementation of the January 23 High Court order in connection with the writ over removing the statue.

The petitioner is the son of one P N Srinivasan, a Gandhian and social worker who had originally filed the writ to remove the statue in the middle of the busy Kamarajar Salai –Radhakrishnan Salai junction, opposite a statue of Gandhi.

As his father died during the pendency of the petition, Nagarajan substituted himself in continuation of the PIL. The department in its counter affidavit today stated that the Chief Minister had announced on the floor of the assembly that a 'manimandapam' (memorial) would be built on the 65 cents of land allotted to South Indian Film Artiste Association as per a government order.

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