Chennai: K.Pugazhendi, the South Chennai District Deputy secretary of J.Jayalalithaa Peravai, whose appeal to appoint an administrator to administer the properties of former chief minister late J.Jayalalithaa worth over Rs 913 crore, is pending before the Madras high court, has sent a letter to the state government, requesting it not to create multiplicity of proceedings while the administration of estate is yet to be decided by the high court.
In his letter dated June 29, 2019, addressed to the Tamil development department, collector of Chennai and land acquisition officer and revenue division officer, South Chennai, he also brought to their knowledge that the matter relating to the administration of estate of late Jayalalithaa is ceased of by the high court.
In his letter, Pugazhenthi said he has seen a news item in two Tamil dailies in its issues dated June 29, inviting objections from interested persons regarding acquisition of the residential and commercial buildings of former Chief Minister late Jayalalithaa situated at No 79 and 81, Poes Garden, Chennai 86. The news does not disclose the provision of law and the registered owner of the property and it also does not disclose the subsisting attachment of the property by the Income Tax department as a claimant. It also does not disclose the value of the estate, he added.
He said he has filed an original suit in 2018 relating to administration of the estate of late Jayalalithaa by the Administrator General of Tamil Nadu, before the Madras high court and it was pending. One of the properties involved for administration in the original suit was the Poes Garden property of late Jayalalithaa.
Taking note of the decision taken by the state government to convert the Poes Garden property of late Jayalalithaa as a memorial, a division bench of the Madras high court has impleaded the secretary to government, Tamil development department as one of the Respondent in the original suit. “I am bringing to your knowledge that the administration of estate of late chief minister Jayalalithaa is ceased of by the high court in OSA No.445 of 2018 and OP 630 of 2018. I am in good faith requesting you not to create multiplicity of proceedings while the administration of estate is yet to be decided by the high court”, he added.
Meanwhile, a division bench comprising Justices N.Kirubakaran and Abdul Quddhose, before whom the original suit filed by Pugazhenthi came up for hearing on Monday, adjourned it to July 22, further hearing of the case.
When the case came up for hearing, counsel for J.Deepa and J.Deepak, niece and nephew of late Jayalalithaa opposed the conversion of Veda Nilayam into memorial. They said the government has fixed a meagre amount for the house where as the market value was more than Rs 100 crore.
Why convert residence into memorial?
Justice N.Kirubakaran heading the bench orally said what was the need for converting the Poes Garden residence of late Jayalalithaa into memorial and wondered as to whether such a decision will be taken in connection with Kodanadu estate, where she was also staying. When the ministers day in and day out chanting the name of their leader in her memory, what was the need for raising memorial from the public funds, he added...