Tamil Nadu, May 27, 2020 : The Madras High Court on Wednesday declared late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s niece J Deepa and nephew J Deepak as second line heirs to her Poes Garden residence Veda Nilayam which the Government of Tamil Nadu wants to convert into a memorial.
The court also suggested to the Government to convert part of Veda Nilayam as a memorial and use it as official residence of the Chief Minister.
A division of Justice K Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose gave the Government eight weeks time to respond to its suggestion.
The bench upheld the plea of Deepa and Deepak to declare them as legal heirs after the Tamil Nadu Government promulgated an ordinance to temporarily take over Veda Nilayam and convert it into a memorial for Jayalalitha.
The bench, however dismissed a plea by AIADMK advocate P Pugazhendihi to appoint an administrator to manage the estates of Jayalalitha.
Though the ordinance was a sequel to a notification issued on May 6 to acquire Veda Nilayam under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in land acquisition , Rehabilitation and Replacement Act of 2013. It said the takeover of Veda Nilayam would not lead to displacement of any family.
Deepa and Deepak along with their father Jayakumar, elder brother of Jayalalitha, stayed in Poes Garden house when their grandmother Sandhya was alive.
Sandhya, who was also an actress like Jayalalitha, helped her buy the Poes Garden house. It was named Veda Nilayam, after Sandhya’s family name Vedavalli . After Sandhya died in 1971, Jayakumar moved out of Poes Garden along with his wife and children.
Jayakumar died in the 1990s during Jayalalitha’s first term as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.