I-T raid at Poes Garden again?

Interesting details on what was inside Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden house

The Tamil Nadu government has listed all the movable properties it found in Veda Nilayam, the Poes Garden residence of the late J Jayalalithaa, who passed away in 2016.

Over four kg gold, 601 kg silver, as many as 8,376 books, 10,438 dress material and other cloth and puja items are among the numerous things that figure in the list of movable properties of late chief minister J Jayalalitha’s Poes Garden residence in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai. The total number of movable properties comes to 32,721 items.

The state government is in the process of acquiring assets of the former Chief Minister at her three-storey Veda Nilayam residence, which was originally purchased by her late mother.

The acquisition, which has been opposed by Jayalalithaa’s legal heirs — her niece Deepa and nephew Deepak — would include shifting her properties to the ownership of the Puratchi Thalaivi Dr J Jayalalithaa Memorial Foundation headed by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit had promulgated an ordinance, in the month of May, for the state government to take temporary possession of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence ‘Veda Nilayam’, in order to convert it into a memorial.

The Ordinance, which is known as Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader) Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Memorial Foundation Ordinance 2020, furnishes the list of movable and immovable properties that belonged to the late film star, AIADMK supremo in her Poes Garden residence.

Incidentally, the state government had on July 25 deposited Rs 67.9 crore in the city Civil Court for acquiring Veda Nilayam. Of the sum, Rs 36.9 crore would be paid towards IT and wealth tax arrears which Jayalalithaa had reportedly owed the Income Tax department, thus freeing it of any encumbrances.