Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami unveiled late CM Jayalalithaa’s residence at Chennai’s Poes Garden ‘Veda Nilayam’ as a memorial on Thursday morning. Along with Deputy CM O Panneerselvam, EPS paid floral tributes and garlanded a photo of Jayalalithaa before entering the residence. The memorial, however, will not be open to the public yet, with the Madras High Court restraining the Tamil Nadu government from throwing open the building to the public.
Passing interim order on petitions by Deepak and Deepa, nephew and niece of the late AIADMK chief seeking a stay on the inauguration, Justice N Seshasayee ordered that the opening ceremony alone can take place as scheduled on January 28.
The about 50-year old residential property of Jayalalithaa, Veda Nilayam, is located in upscale Poes Garden neighbourhood of the city and has been taken over by the government and converted into a memorial.
‘Veda Nilayam’ still houses innumerable valuable items that belonged to the late chief minister, including documents like court documents and IT statements, items made of gold totalling 4.4 kg, and silver weighing 601.4 kg.
Justice N Seshasayee said, “Once the function is over, the district collector, or an official who has the custody of the keys of the entire premises shall hand over the same to the registrar general of this court, since the valuable movables of Jayalalithaa to which the petitioners are now the heirs, must be valued.”
No flex banners or obstructive hoardings shall be placed for the event and the city police commissioner was directed to ensure that no undue inconvenience was caused to those living in the locality. The matter was posted to February 24 for final hearing.