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In a press release issued here today, Mr. Ram said:
"The Hindu welcomes the assurance given by the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, in her demi-official letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Union Home Minister, L.K. Advani, that `the orders of the apex court are being fully complied with and implemented by the State police,' and also that `there is absolutely no threat' to The Hindu.
"This acceptance of the power of judicial review over matters of legislative privilege is institutionally important. This is perhaps the first time that a Chief Minister of a State where the Legislative Assembly has punished anyone for breach of privilege has publicly acknowledged the supremacy of the Constitution and the Supreme Court as the final interpreter and adjudicator of legislative privileges when they come into conflict with constitutional provisions, especially fundamental rights.
"We congratulate the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for taking this constitutionally significant stand.
"In the light of this positive development, The Hindu has decided to withdraw its request for Central security. We are writing to Deputy Prime Minister Advani accordingly."
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