Months after demise, Jayalalithaa’s vehicles stay grounded, many at Poes Garden
Since Jayalalithaa is not known to have left behind an official will, and no one has come forward with a claim to her properties, the vehicles stay grounded.india Updated: Aug 17, 2017 18:41 IST
It is not just the spacious bungalow in Poes Garden that former chief minister J Jayalalithaa left behind after her death. There is a bunch “movable properties” registered in the name of AIADMK supremo, which have been grounded and are lying unused.
A fleet of luxury cars, SUVs and utility vehicles, estimated to be worth nearly Rs 50 lakh, can turn into rusted machines if no legal heir comes forward to claim these vehicles, many of which were in use six months ago prior to her demise.
Among the vehicles at her Poes Garden residence are two Toyota Prado SUVs, a Tempo Traveller, a Tempo Trax, a Mahindra Jeep, a Mahendra Bolero, a Swaraj Mazda Maxi, a 1990 Contessa and an Ambassador of 1980 make.
Since Jayalalithaa is not known to have left behind an official will and no family member, friend or relative has forward with a claim to her properties, the vehicles stay grounded.
If any of the vehicles, owned by Jayalalithaa are seen being driven on the roads, traffic police can ask for papers and the vehicles can be impounded.
According to RTO sources, as per the Motor Vehicles Act, so far no legal heir of Jayalalithaa has come forward seeking transfer of ownership of the vehicles.
No official will has surfaced even five months after her death, though her nephew Deepak Jayakumar has made claims that he and his sister Deepa are the only legal heirs to Jayalalithaa’s property.
He recently indicated that he might move the appropriate court to seek possession of Jayalalithaa’s properties that include Poes Garden residence, Kodanad estate, grape orchard near Hyderabad and gold and diamond jewellery, among other valuables.
Jayalalithaa had acquired a fleet of vehicles during the course of her film career and later political life spanning over five decades.
As per rules, in case of death of an owner, the legal successor/heir has to intimate the death of the vehicle owner to the RTO and get the transfer of registration done under his or her name within three months.
She passed away on December 5, 2016 after a prolonged stay in hospital in Chennai for treatment for multiple ailments.