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Tamil Nadu to look into dhoti incident after Opposition raises issue

Monday, 14 July 2014 - 2:25pm IST | Place: Chennai | Agency: PTI

Days after a sitting Madras High Court Judge was denied entry into a club here for wearing a dhoti- the state's traditional attire, Tamil Nadu government today said it would look into the issue and take action in consultation with its Law Department. Soon after question hour in the Assembly, Speaker P Dhanapal permitted the Opposition parties' attempt to bring to government's notice the July 11 incident at Chepauk here and demanded that action be taken against such clubs, which banned the state's culture symbol of dhoti inside their premises.

DMDK's whip VC Chandrakumar, DMK Floor Leader M K Stalin, CPI(M) Floor Leader Soundararajan, CPI's Legislative Party leader Arumugam, Congress' CR Gopinath, PMK's Ganeshkumar, MMK's Aslam Basha and others raised the issue. Replying to the matter, School Education Minister K C Veeramani said such clubs were registered under Societies Act and have been functioning with their own bye-laws. "The government would look into the issue and consult with the Law Department and take the issue to the Chief Minister and would consider action," he said.

The denial of entry to Madras High Court Judge, Justice D Hariparanthaman into the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club for wearing dhoti, has triggered a controversy with several parties like DMK and the Congress condemning it. When he alighted from his official car at the club premises to participate in a book release function, organised by TS Arunachalam, a former Chief Justice of the High Court, some staff of the club told him that he could not enter wearing dhoti as they had instructions from the office-bearers not to allow anyone in the premises who violated the club's dress code.

It is highly deplorable: D Raja on denial of entry to dhoti-wearing judge at club

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja on Monday said it was highly deplorable that a high court judge had been denied entry into a club for wearing a dhoti, the state's traditional attire. "This is highly deplorable. There are such institutions which still live in a colonial mindset. This has to go. In an independent India, people have right to choose their dress," Raja said. Read more

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