On Wednesday, the Madras high court permitted the Tamil Nadu government to proceed with the ceremony scheduled for Thursday to declare open the Poes Garden residence (Veda Nilayam) of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa as a memorial. The court, however, restrained the government from throwing it open to the public without its permission.
“The door of the residence shall not be opened since there are valuables inside the house which belongs to the legal heirs. Only the gate of the property can be opened for conducting the function,” Justice N Seshasayee said.
The Court also clarified that conducting the ceremony would not confer any right to the state over the ownership of the property.
The Judge passed the interim order on the pleas moved by Jayalalithaa’s legal heirs J Deepa and J Deepak seeking to restrain the state government from conducting the opening ceremony scheduled on January 28.
The court directed the government to ensure restricted participation of the public in the function considering the pandemic. The city police commissioner has been directed to ensure that no digital banners and hoardings are placed in the area causing inconvenience to other residents.