Madras High Court declares Jayalalithaa’s Nephew, Niece as 2nd Line Legal Heirs

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The Madras High Court declared on Wednesday the nephew J. Deepak and the niece J. Deepa of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa as legal heirs of class II, who are entitled to inherit all the goods left behind by them. As a result, the state government cannot purchase their Veda Nilayam bungalow without their consent.

Judges N. Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose allowed Mr. Deepak to file an application and gave him and his sister an administrative letter to manage the property.

They also recorded the siblings’ submission that they should choose some properties at their own discretion and use them to create a public trust named after Jayalalithaa for welfare purposes.

The judges considered that the government could not acquire Veda Nilayam, Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence without the consent of the legal heirs, and expressed their reservation to use public funds to purchase private property and convert it into monuments.

They suggested that the government could instead use the Poes Garden property, worth over £ 100m, as the official office of the Minister of State and convert part of it into a memorial alone.