Jayalalithaa's memorial: Officials visit Poes Garden
Several officials, including Chennai district collector, revenue divisional officer, and a surveillance officer, on Saturday, reviewed former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's residence Poes Garden, which is set to become her memorial.
In August, state security forces took control of the Poes Garden, hours after chief minister Edapaddi Palanisamy announced that the bungalow will be converted into a public memorial in her honour.
The bungalow, which is valued at nearly Rs 90 crore as on date, was purchased by Jayalalithaa's mother Sandhya for a mere Rs 1.32 lakh in 1967 when both were in the film world.
Jayalaithaa's nephews Deepa and Deepak had earlier insisted that they are the legal heirs to the property. Deepak had earlier said that the government cannot unilaterally convert a private home into state property. Deepa, on her part, asserted that she would take the matter all the way to the Supreme Court.
In February, O Panneerselvam, then acting chief minister of Tamil Nadu, has launched a signature campaign to turn Jayalalithaa's residence into a memorial.