Late chief minister Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa on Thursday opposed the Tamil Nadu government’s plans to convert her aunt’s residence into a memorial, saying she would take legal steps against it.
Earlier on Thursday, Chief Minister K Palaniswami announced that his government would appoint a commission of inquiry to probe the death of Jayalalithaa and convert her Veda Nilayam residence into a memorial.
Deepa said that the property belonged to her and her brother Deepak and hence, they are the legal heir.
“They have no right to announce this without consulting legal heirs, that is me and my brother. I have moral, ethical and legal right over this house,” she added.
Veda Nilayam, the residence of Jayalalithaa was occupied by her till her hospitalisation in September last year.
Post her death, her close aid, V K Sasikala lived there until she was jailed in a disproportionate assets case.
Recently, Deepa and her supporters had staged a protest outside Poes Garden, alleging that she was assaulted and denied entry into the residence by the supporters of TTV Dhinakaran.
Poes Garden, which is unoccupied now was thrown open to the public for a
while earlier this year, but was soon closed down.
OPS had also launched a signature campaign to turn Veda Nilayam into a memorial, which received a good response from the public.