TN of­fi­cials sur­vey Jaya’s bun­ga­low for me­mo­rial, IT dept re­fuses to play ball

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

A year af­ter the death of for­mer Chief Min­is­ter J Jay­alalithaa, the Tamil Nadu Gov­ern­ment on Satur­day took the first steps to con­vert her im­pos­ing Veda Ni­layam bun­ga­low in posh Poes Gar­den here into a me­mo­rial, even as her niece Deepa had ob­jected to the move.

On Satur­day morn­ing, a team of of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the Chennai Col­lec­tor ac­com­pa­nied by staff of the Rev­enue and Pub­lic Works Depart­ment en­tered Veda Ni­layam and con­ducted an as­sess­ment. Se­nior In­come Tax Depart­ment of­fi­cials were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

Jay­alalithaa is not known to have left be­hind any will be­queath­ing her vast es­tate that runs into sev­eral crore ru­pees. Deepa had al­ready moved the Madras High Court seek­ing to de­clare her as the heir con­sid­er­ing that the plot on which the bun­ga­low is lo­cated was jointly pur­chased by her grand­mother Sand­hya (also a film ac­tress) and Jay­alalithaa dur­ing her hey days as a hero­ine in Tamil cin­ema. Deepa’s fa­ther Jayaku­mar was Jay­alalithaa’s brother.

“The Tamil Nadu of­fi­cials went to Poes Gar­den to es­ti­mate the likely value of the build­ing and es­tate in Poes Gar­den so that who­ever is even­tu­ally de­clared as her heir could be com­pen­sated ac­cord­ingly. For the mo­ment, if we go ahead with the me­mo­rial plan and takeover the prop­erty then we would de­posit the money to­wards com­pen­sa­tion in the court which can even­tu­ally set­tle it to the heir, if there is any,” said a se­nior gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial.

A source said the IT Depart­ment of­fi­cials were called in so that two rooms that were sealed dur­ing the re­cent raids on the fam­ily mem­bers of V K Sasikala, jailed aide of Jay­alalithaa could be opened. Sasikala and her sis­ter-in-law Illavarasi, her co-con­vict in Ben­galuru jail in a case in which Jay­alalithaa was the prime ac­cused, were the last oc­cu­pants of the house af­ter Jay­alalithaa’s death.

Source said the IT Depart­ment re­fused to re­move the seals of the two rooms since its in­ves­ti­ga­tion was not yet com­pleted.

Deputy Chief Min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam had first raised the de­mand to con­vert Jay­alalithaa’s house into a me­mo­rial. This was ceded to by Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K Palaniswami as a con­di­tion to al­low the merger of the AIADMK fac­tion led by Pan­neer­sel­vam with the rul­ing fac­tion a few months ago.

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