Updates on Jaya portrait and statue issues

Updates on Jaya portrait and statue issues

The Madras High Court on Monday observed it cannot interfere with the decision of Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P Dhanapal to put up a portrait of late AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa in the legislature.

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee made it clear that the court cannot interfere with the decision of the Speaker. The Speaker, elected by the next Assembly, will take a decision on the matter, she said.

The portrait of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was unveiled in the state assembly by Speaker P Dhanapal recently.

DMK MLA J Anbazhagan on the day also petitioned the Madras High Court to intervene and have the portrait removed after his demand to the Speaker to cancel the event fell in deaf ears.

Many parties slammed the move to open Jayalalithaa portrait, as she was convicted in disproportionate assets case.

Meanwhile, denying carelessness in the installation of a bronze statue of Jayalalithaa at the party headquarters here, senior leaders of the ruling party have said the statue that was unveiled on Saturday, which has come under criticism, will be replaced.