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Tamil Nadu begins process for Jaya memorial

PTI
Published : Dec 31, 2017, 1:06 am IST
Updated : Dec 31, 2017, 1:06 am IST

The total area of the house is approximately 24,000 square feet. It was bought by Jayalalithaa and her mother in 1967.

 J Jayalalithaa. (PTI)
  J Jayalalithaa. (PTI)

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday formally started the process to convert former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, where she stayed for over three decades, into a memorial. Officials of various departments conducted an inspection of the house — Veda Nilayam.

The house was under a thick security cover after chief minister K. Palaniswami announced in August that it would be converted into a memorial.

 

“Today, we took the first step of inspecting the house of the former chief minister, including starting the formalities for acquiring the property,” Chennai district collector V. Anbuselvan told reporters.

Officials from the revenue, survey, public welfare departments, Income-Tax (I-T) department, besides the police took part in the inspection, he said.

The total area of the property was also measured, Anbuselvan added.

Earlier, the investigation wing of the I-T department had sealed two rooms of the house. These two rooms were not covered during Saturday’s inspection.

“The income-tax department had sealed two rooms. Therefore, before taking up today’s inspection, the department was formally informed and their representatives were also present,” the collector said.

 

The I-T sleuths had last month conducted searches at the office block of Veda Nilayam. The search had come days after the multi-city searches of 187 locations linked to 10 income tax assessee groups, including those linked to V.K. Sasikala, her kin and some associates. The Poes Garden residence was occupied by Jayalalithaa, along with her close aide Sasikala, till her hospitalisation in September last year.

The total area of the house is approximately 24,000 square feet. It was bought by Jayalalithaa and her mother in 1967.

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