Thanjavur court turns 200, Karunanidhi promises help

June 24th, 2008 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Thanjavur, June 24 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi Tuesday promised greater financial assistance to lower courts across the state at an anniversary function to mark 200 years of the court here. Karunanidhi was speaking at the Thanjavur court complex, which is 200-years-old.

One of the earliest British courts, it was first set up in the temple town of Kumbakonam in 1807.

In 1870, the court was shifted to the main town of Thanjavur. This district court in Tamil Nadu has seen 141 judges preside over it in the past two centuries.

Karunanidhi said that in the ’60s when his election to the legislative assembly was contested, it was this court which ruled in his favour.

At the anniversary function Tuesday, Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan unveiled a commemorative plaque at the court premises.

Chief Justice of the Madras High Court A.K. Ganguly, Law Commission Chairman A.R. Lakshmanan, Union Minister of State for Law K. Venkatapathy, Union Minister of State for Finance S.S. Palanimanickam and ministers of the Karunanidhi cabinet were present.

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