Tamil Nadu government repeals Act to convert former CM Jayalalithaa’s residence into a memorial

In 2021, the Madras High Court directed that the keys to the late chief minister's house in Chennai be handed over to her legal heir.


Published Feb 16, 2024 | 10:43 AMUpdatedFeb 16, 2024 | 10:43 AM

Late J Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence. (Sourced)

The Tamil Nadu Assembly, on Thursday, 15 February, adopted a Bill to repeal an Act, passed in 2020, to convert the Poes Garden residence of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa into a memorial.

The Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa Memorial Foundation Act, 2020, was enacted to establish a foundation to convert “Veda Nilayam”, the residence of the former AIADMK supremo, into a memorial.

Late Jayalailthaa’s house

On 24 November, 2021, the Madras High Court quashed the proceedings and directed that the keys to the late chief minister’s sprawling house in Chennai be handed over to her legal heir.

Accordingly, the keys were handed over to her niece J Deepa on 11 December, 2021, who was the petitioner in the case.

“The keys of the said building have been handed over to the writ petitioners as ordered by the high court. Thus, the purpose for which the aforementioned Act was enacted no longer exists and the Act, therefore, became obsolete. Hence, the government has decided to repeal the said Act,” MP Saminathan, Minister for Tamil Development, Information & Publicity, said while moving the Bill to repeal the Act.

It was passed by a voice vote in the Assembly.

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