Deepa Jayakumar, the niece of late chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, took possession of her aunt’s Poes Backyard residence on Friday night after the Chennai district administration handed over the keys to her.
“That is the primary time I’m visiting within the absence of my aunt. The home seems to be barren and empty now. The furnishings utilized by my aunt has been eliminated,” Ms Deepa stated, expressing her curiosity in dwelling at her aunt’s home.
The keys have been handed over to her after a single-judge bench of the Madras Excessive Court docket on November 24 paved the best way by setting apart the order to accumulate Veda Nilayam, the residence of Jayalalithaa, and ordering that or not it’s handed over to the authorized heirs.
The sooner AIADMK regime within the state had taken over the home and transformed the constructing right into a memorial, with out consulting Jayalalithaa’s household.
The courtroom’s resolution got here after petitions have been filed by Ms Deepa and her brother Deepak, difficult the acquisition of the bungalow by the earlier AIADMK authorities. The Madras Excessive Court docket had dominated that the property ought to go to them and likewise requested the state authorities to take again the compensation money it had deposited within the courtroom payable to the household.
In its order, the courtroom dominated that the takeover by the federal government was unlawful and stated, “There isn’t a public curiosity on this acquisition… there may be already an 80 crore memorial for Jayalalithaa alongside the Marina (seaside) just a few kilometers away. What is the inspirational story that Veda Nilayam might present which the 80 crore Marina memorial does not?”
The AIADMK has stated that the social gathering would problem the order.
On Friday, Ms Deepa — accompanied by her husband Madhavan and well-wishers — garlanded the portrait of the late chief minister and paid floral tributes.