An upright officer known for the watershed electoral reforms during his stint as Chief Election Commissioner of India (ECI), TN Seshan had his share of a love-hate relationship with the Dravidian movement or rather its political offshoots.
Former DMK president M Karunanidhi and a few others had successfully moved the court and obtained a stay against the book. The DMK had said then that the day the book hits the stands would be a black day for Tamil Nadu. It was sometime in late 1994, after former bureaucrat BS Raghavan issued a strong statement with evidence vouching for the integrity of Anna and veracity of his claim, that Seshan had come forward to remove the controversial portions and publish a revised edition, thereby putting the controversy to bed.
Significantly, Karunanidhi’s DMK had developed a newfound affection for the then CEC of India for an altogether different reason in 1994. Karunanidhi had successfully retained the ‘Rising sun’ during the stint of Seshan as CEC. The lone Rajya Sabha and Assembly representations plus a mere list of 447 members of the general council were not enough for Vaiko to wrest control of the DMK from Karunanidhi.
CEC Seshan had ruled in favour of M Karunanidhi and K Anbazhagan who had ‘submitted’ the support of eight MPs, five MLAs and sworn affidavits of 907 general council members to retain the ‘Rising Sun’ and the DMK.