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Tamil Nadu government deposits Rs 67 crore for acquisition of Jayalalitha's home.


S.Vishnu Sharmaa

Chennai, July 26 (HS) :The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday deposited Rs 67.9 crore in the city Civil Court for acquiring late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha's Poes Garden residence, Veda Nilayam,as part of its efforts to convert it into a memorial.

Of the sum, Rs 36.9 crore would be paid towards IT and wealth tax arrears which Jayalalithaa had reportedly owed the Income Tax department, thus freeing it of any encumbrances, official sources said

The rest of the amount, that is Rs 31 crore will be shared between Deepa and Deepak, the daughter and son of Jayalalithaa's brother Jayaraman. The government' decision follows the Madras High Court in May declaring siblings Deepak and Deepa as Class II legal heirs under section 15 (1)(d) of Hindu Succession Act, 1956 entitled to inherit all properties left behind by the late leader.

The government’s move comes even as Deepak had last week approached the court seeking keys of the Poes Garden bungalow, which was bought by Jayalalithaa’s actor-mother Sandhya in the late 1960s. Sources said Deepa and Deepak will be paid compensation under Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 since the government has taken over the property. However, Deepa rejected the government’s move to take possession of her late aunt’s bungalow and declared that she would move the “highest court of the land” against the decision as it was her ancestral property.

The ruling AIADMK said the party had a "responsibility and right" to convert the sprawling 0.55 acre property into a memorial, in line with Chief Minister K Palaniswami's 2017 announcement made after he assumed office.

On Wednesday, the land acquisition award pronounced by S Lakshmi, Land Acquisition Officer (LAO)/Revenue Divisional Officer, South Chennai, said Veda Nilayam has to be acquired by the government for the purpose of converting it into a memorial under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Though Deepa’s counsel opposed the move, the official has termed the objections as “routine” and noted that acquisition was for the conversion of the palatial bungalow into a memorial.

Hindusthan Samachar / Radha Tiwary