Deepa Jayakumar in an affidavit to the Madras High Court on September 21 has petitioned against the Tamil Nadu government – Public works, tourism, revenue and the state secretariat. She expressed disappointment in the press release by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu E Pazhaniswamy stating that Veda Nilayam, a property belonging to her paternal aunt, the former AIADMK supremo and chief minister of the state -Jayalalithaa would be converted into J Jayalalithaa memorial.
Now the Madras High Court has issued notice to the AIADMK government based on the petition. When Deepa's petition came up for hearing, Justice K Ravichandrabaabu ordered a notice be sent to chief secretary and concerned authorities and posted the case to October 23 for further hearing.
In the petition Deepa submitted that her grandmother Late Vedavalli or Sandhya who purchased this and various other properties in Chennai had named son Jayakumar(Deepa's father) and Jayalalithaa as estate owners after her death. Since her father predeceased her aunt, Deepa submits that is it was clear that her brother Deepak and she are entitled to the last estate of J Jayalalithaa and that the Poes Garden property lawfully belongs to them.
Referring to the lack of will from her aunt Jayalalithaa, Deepa contended that both she and her brother should be entitled to succeed her estate.
The new entrant into Tamil Nadu politics argues that the state government had no authority to declare private property as a memorial . She also invoked Article 226 of the constitution and requested the court to issue a writ or demand an explanation for the illegal survey work being done in Veda Nilayam in this regard.