Woman claims to be Jayalalithaa’s daughter, moves Madras HC
The woman had moved the Supreme Court saying she was the biological daughter of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and was given in adoption to Jayalalithaa’s sister and her husband.india Updated: Dec 21, 2017 21:59 IST
Claiming to be the biological daughter of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, a woman moved the Madras High Court on Thursday seeking that the body of the AIADMK leader be cremated as per the Vaishnavite brahmin community rituals.
Justice S Vaidyanathan posted the petition of the woman for Friday to decide on maintainability after senior counsel V Prakash, appearing for the woman, sought time to amend the prayer to include a plea for a DNA test to establish her parentage.
The woman had last month moved the Supreme Court with the same prayer but it had refused to entertain it. The woman had claimed that she had been given in adoption to Jayalalithaa’s sister and her husband. A bench of Justices MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta had, however, said she was at liberty to approach the high court.
When the matter came up for hearing, Justice Vaidyanathan, noting that several persons were claiming they were the legal heirs of Jayalalithaa, orally observed that to put the quietus on the issue, a DNA test may be ordered.
If the claim was proved to be false after the test, the petitioner should face the consequences, he said.
Jayalalithaa died on December 5 last year after prolonged hospitalisation and her body was buried off the famous Marina Beach.
In her present petition, the woman sought a direction to the state government to permit the family members to cremate Jayalalithaa’s body as per Hindu rites on the grounds that she was an Iyengar Brahmin.
She also sought police protection for her and her family members at the time of cremation.
The judge said on Thursday there were other legal heirs and they had not been impleaded by the petitioner.
However, state advocate general Vijay Narayan said she had no connection with the late chief minister and even for a DNA test, the court has to arrive at a prima facie case.
He contended that the petition was not maintainable in the absence of any authority to say that she was the legal heir of Jayalalithaa.
Alleging that the petitioner was a ‘fortune hunter’ or ‘publicity seeker’, he said she wants the court to conduct a roving enquiry.
Counsel for the petitioner Prakash requested the court to restrain the media from publishing the family issues mentioned in the affidavit.
Making a mention about the earlier proceedings before the Supreme Court, he said the petitioner only wanted the court direction to facilitate the cremation.
He said the petitioner was willing to undergo a DNA test and that prima facie she can show some records to prove her claim.
Prakash said before the petitioner’s foster father died in March this year, he revealed this information to her.
He also claimed that telephone records would prove that Jayalalithaa had made phone calls to the petitioner several times.
First Published: Dec 21, 2017 21:59 IST