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Cong decries denial of club entry to dhoti-clad judge

PTI  Chennai, July 13, 2014
First Published: 15:18 IST(13/7/2014) | Last Updated: 15:21 IST(13/7/2014)

The Tamil Nadu unit of Congress on Sunday said it was "regrettable" that a High Court judge was denied entry into a club here for wearing dhoti, the state's traditional attire.

"It is not important who went there wearing dhoti, but a rule barring the entry into a club (for a dhoti-clad person) in Tamil Nadu is unacceptable," TNCC president B S Gnanadesikan said in a statement.

It was "regrettable" that the judge was denied entry into the club because he was wearing the traditional attire, he said.

Madras High Court Judge, Justice D Hariparanthaman was denied entry into the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association Club recently for wearing dhoti.

When he alighted from his official car at the club premises to participate in a book release function organised by T S Arunachalam, a former Chief Justice of the High Court, some staff of the club told him that he could not enter the premises wearing a dhoti as they had instructions from office-bearers not to allow anyone in the premises who violated the club's dress code.

The judge has termed the incident as "unfortunate".

Gnanadesikan said if at all there was a dress code for a club, it would not be binding on persons who were not its members and also called for removal of any such existing rules in clubs.

He said such incidents should not recur.


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