J Jayalalithaa's nephew J Deepak has termed "utter false" a woman's claim in the Madras High Court that she is the biological daughter of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister.
In a counter affidavit on merits and on the maintainability of the petition filed by the woman, he alleged that she wanted to grab the properties of the late AIADMK supremo. Deepak is Jayalalithaa's brother Jayakumar's son. The woman had claimed she is Jayalalithaa's daughter and the late leader's sister had adopted her She had sought a DNA test to establish her maternity by exhuming Jayalalithaa’s remains. The petitioner had also sought directions to permit Jayalalithaa’s family to cremate her body on the grounds that the former TN chief minister was an Iyengar Brahmin.
Justice S Vaidyanathan had last month directed Deepak, his sister Deepa and the state government to file counter affidavits on the maintainability of the petition. "It is a well fabricated story to snatch the properties of late chief minister J.Jayalalithaa. The petition is a bundle of lies and false statements," Deepak said in his counter affidavit. The woman had earlier moved the Supreme Court with the same plea but it had refused to entertain the prayer. The apex court, however, had said she was at liberty to approach the high court.
Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 after prolonged hospitalisation. Her body was buried off the famous Marina Beach here.