The Revenue Divisional Officer of Guindy in Chennai has given an advertisement in newspapers inviting objections from anyone to the Tamil Nadu Government’s decision to convert late Chief Minister J Jayallaitha’s Veda Nilayam residence in posh Poes Garden area into a memorial. He has said the objections should be sent within two months.
The AIADMK Government has already erected a memorial on the sands of the Marina where Jayalalitha was laid to rest after her passing in December 2016.
The advertisement also says that as Jayalalitha has died without leaving a will, any claimants to be her natural heirs can also file their objections.
Jayalalitha’s late brother Jayaraman’s daughter J Deepa and son Deepak have already said they are opposed to converting the home, built on a land gifted to Jayalalitha by her actress mother Sandhya, into a memorial.
While convicting Jayalitha, her aide V K Sasikala and her kins Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran in the wealth case, the trial court in Bengaluru listed the improvements made in the Vedha Nilayam by way of extension as disproportionate to known sources of income.
Though the trial court’s verdict has since been upheld by the Supreme court, the fines Rs 100 crore imposed on Jayalalitha and Rs 10 crore each on Sasikala and two others , are yet to be recovered. Attachment of the annexe to Vedha Nilayam is one way. But that does not come under the proposed memorial.
As the apex court verdict upholding the conviction has come after Jayalalitha’s death she has escaped jail term. But the fines can be recovered from her estate .