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Reconsider resolution to transform Jayalalithaa’s residence Veda Nilayam into memorial, High Court tells Tamil Nadu govt

Jayalalithaa died in December 2016 after present process remedy on the Apollo Hospitals for 75 days. (File)

The Madras High Court on Wednesday requested the Tamil Nadu authorities to rethink its resolution to transform late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s residence right here right into a memorial and declared her niece and nephew because the authorized heirs of her property value a number of crores.

A division bench of Justices N Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose additionally steered that ‘Veda Nilayam,’ positioned within the upmarket Poes Garden, be transformed into the official residence of the chief minister of the state, whereas a portion of the property could be a memorial if wanted. The courtroom order got here days after Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit promulgated an ordinance to permit the state authorities take short-term possession of ‘Veda Nilayam’ and arrange a basis underneath chief minister Ok Palaniswami for the aim of changing it right into a memorial.

Allowing the petition by Jayalalithaa’s nephew and niece– Deepak and Deepa, respectively, looking for letters of administration to manage her properties, the bench stated, “Deepak and Deepa are second class legal heirs of the late CM, being the son and daughter of her late brother Jayakumar.”

It additionally made it clear that the duo was entitled for administration in respect of the property held individually by the late Jayalalithaa or within the names of corporations or firms and the credit of the previous AIADMK supremo.

Deepak and Deepa shall allot a number of properties in keeping with their discretion and create a registered public belief within the title of their late aunt for the aim of doing social service inside a interval of eight weeks from the date of receipt of the order copy. The courtroom then posted the matter for reporting compliance with regard to creation of a belief after eight weeks.

The bench dismissed one other plea moved by AIADMK cadre Ok Pugalenthi looking for to nominate him as administrator of the properties of the late chief minister.

In August final, the courtroom, whereas reserving the orders had sought to know why a portion of Jayalalithaa’s properties shouldn’t be allotted for welfare of the general public, as she was the chief who at all times stated she was made by the individuals and labored for the individuals. The petitioners submitted they’d no objection in doing so, because it was their aunt’s want.

“But as the only legal heirs of Jayalalithaa, we are entitled to all her properties. We have plans to establish a trust in her name and do charity to the people through it,” they said within the petition.

According to the petitioners, they’d approached the jurisdictional tahsildar on August 16, 2017, urging difficulty of authorized inheritor certificates of their favour to inherit properties of Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5, 2016. But via a reply dated September 22, 2017, the official refused to difficulty the certificates and directed them to acquire it by approaching the suitable civil courtroom.

On May 22, the Governor had promulgated an ordinance to briefly take possession of ‘Veda Nilayam.’

It stated the ordinance was additionally meant to determine Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa Memorial Foundation for making long-term preparations to transform Veda Nilayam right into a memorial.

The authorities had stated the ordinance was promulgated since “the building of Veda Nilayam, including the movable items such as furniture, books, jewels, etc. are in a state of disuse for more than three years.”

So the federal government determined to switch all of the immovable and movable properties to the federal government for its maintenance till the acquisition course of is full, it had stated.

The authorities, whereas formally commencing the method of buying the sprawling three-storeyed residence early this month, had stated that the authorized inheritor for the constructing was but to be ascertained.

Fondly addressed as ‘Amma’, that means mom in Tamil, by her supporters, Jayalalithaa died in December 2016 after present process remedy on the Apollo Hospitals for 75 days.

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