Chennai: J Deepa, niece of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on Saturday, filed a petition in the Madras High Court, seeking a stay on the state government’s decision on Amma’s Poes Garden residence.
According to reports, Deepa has challenged state government’s decision to convert Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence into a memorial on the ground that the property belongs to the petitioner and her brother J Deepak.
As per sources, Deepa claimed that she stayed with Amma as a family member in the house and the ex-chief minister did not leave any will behind, she and her brother are the heirs to Jayalalithaa’s property.
“I further submit that my paternal aunt J Jayalalithaa during her lifetime purchased several properties in and around Chennai, Kodanad, Hyderabad besides landed properties in Tamil Nadu, Bengaluru etc. Since my aunt died intestate without executing a will or testament, I and my brother J. Deepak are entitled to succeed to her estate,” said Deepa.
Sources reveal that Deepa also stated that she had to continue the legacy and welfare activities of her aunt.
“The press release of the Chief Minister is without any basis and he has got no locus standi to issue a press release with respect to a private property which lawfully belongs to me and my brother. I reliably learnt that in a haste, the officials of the revenue and tourism departments are surveying the property which is nothing but illegal,” she added.
In February, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam issued executive orders to convert the Poes Garden into an ‘Amma memorial’