Why not a portion of former CM. J Jayalalithaa’s properties be allotted for welfare of the public as she was a leader who always said she was made by the people & worked for them, the Madras HC asked on Friday.
A division bench of Justice N Kirubakaran & Justice Abdul Quddhose made the oral observation while hearing a plea moved by an All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) member seeking to appoint him as official administrator to manage the properties of the former CM. In response, Jayalalithaa’s niece J Deepa & nephew J Deepak, who were present in the HC as per the directions of the bench, submitted that they have no objection in doing so as it was the wish of their aunt as well.
But as the only legal heirs of Jayalalithaa, we are entitled to all of her properties. We have plans to establish a trust in her name & provide charity to the people, they added.
Recording the submissions, the bench said why it took so long for them to approach the HC seeking permission to administer Jayalalithaa’s properties.
To this, Deepa said that since she had approached the authorities concerned for legal heir certificate, it took some time to move the HC. She added that she was denied access to Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence.