"Will sue govt if it converts Jayalalithaa's house," Deepa Jayakumar
While the Tamil Nadu government intends to convert Jayalalithaa's residence into a memorial, her niece has threatened to initiate legal action. Deepa Jayakumar has claimed that Poes Garden belongs to her and brother Deepak and the government has no right to make any changes.
"The government has not consulted us about converting Veda Nilayam into a memorial. I am the legal heir to the property and I will not allow any such changes. If the government goes ahead with its plan, I will initiate legal proceedings," said Deepa Jayakumar.
Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa has claimed that according to the Hindu Succession Act, she was legal heir to the property and the government neither had the right nor the permission to effect changes to a private property.
The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued an order to convert the Poes Garden into a memorial on the lines of M G Ramachandran's residence that was also converted into a public museum post his death. Jayalalithaa has not left a Will leaving much to debate about what happens to her property. Post Jayalalithaa's death, Deepa deemed herself her legal as well as political heir.
Deepa even slammed the Tamil Nadu government's move to order a probe into the death of Jayalalithaa. "I have the moral and legal rights to stake claim to the Poes Garden property. The announcement by the chief minister is nothing but a drama and there are political motives behind it," Deepa slammed Palanisamy.