Chennai: In a major setback to the AIADMK-led Tamil Nadu government's dream of converting former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's residence into a memorial, the Madras High Court said that the state government can only convert a part of the 10-ground property into a memorial if needed.
The high court also declared Jayalalithaa's niece and nephew as legal heirs of her properties worth several crores.
The order was passed based on the pleas moved by Deepa and Deepak which sought the court's permission to administer their aunt's properties. They had claimed rights on the properties as class 2 legal heirs.
The two also stated that they are to set up a trust in the name of Jayalalithaa, their aunt, and do charity as desired by her.
Earlier on May 22, an ordinance was promulgated to take possession of the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa by the state government.
The state had also planned to set up a foundation in Jayalalithaa's name in which it was proposed that the CM was to be the chairperson of the foundation and the foundation was to make arrangements to convert Veda Nilayam into a memorial.
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