No memorial, Jaya's house to go to legal heirs
The New Indian Express|November 25, 2021
‘Crores of public money can't be diverted mindlessly
R SIVAKUMAR

THE Madras High Court on Wednesday set aside orders for acquisition of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's Veda Nilayam residence to convert it into a memorial. The court said the acquisition of the property in the posh Poes Garden locality does not serve any public purpose, and noted that the procedural lapses in the acquisition process were oblivious to the rights of the property's rightful legal heirs.

Justice N Seshasayee delivered the verdict seven months after reserving orders on a batch of petitions filed by Jayalalithaa's niece J Deepa and nephew J Deepak. Allowing three writ petitions, he set aside the notices issued for acquisition and the award of compensation.

The judge pointed out that the affidavit filed by the Chennai District Collector only projected certain traits — the respect commanded and welfare measures initiated by Jayalalithaa - for explaining the public purpose for converting the residence into a memorial.

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