"Probated Will makes me heir to Jayalalithaa's house," claims nephew
Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's nephew Deepak has said that he has documents to prove that Poes Garden residence belongs to him and his sister. Deepak, while maintaining that he would not object to converting the place into a memorial, has asked the government to seek his and Deepa's permission as legal heirs.
"Nobody will have any second opinion or objection over the proposal (memorial) but I, as legal heir to the property by a Probated Will of my grandmother Sandhya, will only insist that the government may follow the procedure established under the law before attempting to take over the private property, without the consent of the heirs," says a letter written by Deepak to Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy.
The letter further states that since Jayalalithaa did not leave a Will bequeathing the property to anyone, her mother, Sandhya's Probated Will will hold water. "I and my sister Deepa are the only legal heirs under the Hindu Succession Act," Deepak has told the Chief Minister.
The two-page letter has been written to the Palanisamy after his government on Thursday decided to convert Veda Nilayam, Jayalalithaa's residence in Poes Garden, into a memorial. Apart from this, the government is also ordering a one-man committee probe into her death. The move is aimed at making the merger between Panneerselvam and Palanisamy camps easier but Deepa, Jayalalithaa's niece is seeing red over it.