The State government on July 24, deposited Rs 67.9 crore at the city civil court for acquiring Veda Nilayam.
The Bill which replaced the ordinance promulgated on May 22 has key modifications in many provisions. The Bill was moved by Information Minister Kadambur Raju and was passed by a voice vote.
Deepak said the house was used for celebrating functions and family events. His aunt never had any plans of converting it into a memorial but the government has taken steps to acquire it, he added.
He then directed the pleas to the High Court registry, to pass it to the appropriate bench hearing Veda Nilayam cases.
The Advocate General said the plea had to be filed in the city civil court and not the High Court. "There is no case as the compensation amount is already deposited in the city civil court," he said.
Her interim prayer is to stay the operation of the award passed by the AO.
The government went to the extent of promulgating an ordinance, even though there was no urgency to do so during the COVID-19 pandemic, which had hampered her legal options, said Deepa
The Ordinance has details of the movable and immovable properties in the building.
On assuming office, CM Palaniswami had promised to make Veda Nilayam a memorial and establish another memorial on the Marina, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said.
Of the amount, Rs 36.9 crore would go to the Income Tax department as Jayalalithaa owed the amount. The balance amount of Rs 31 crore would be shared by Deepa and Deepak who are her niece and nephew.
According to Deepak, the house was used for celebrating several functions and family events. His aunt Jayalalithaa never had any plans of converting the house into a memorial.
The plea comes a day after the Tamil Nadu government informed the court of it plans to convert a portion of 'Veda Nilayam' into the CM's official residence.
However, the petitioners also said that the government was trying to acquire the property illegally, without conducting a proper survey with other residents, besides a traffic assessment report.
"We welcome the verdict accepting us (Deepa and Deepak) as legal heirs of the former Chief Minister," J Deepa, niece of Jayalalithaa, told The New Indian Express.
The court said that the former CM's niece J Deepa and nephew J Deepa are her class II legal heirs and only a portion of the property can be converted to a memorial if required.