Almost 12 months after J Jayalalithaa died while she was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a woman from Bengaluru has requested the Supreme Court for a chance to prove she is the politician’s daughter.
Amrutha, 37, has told the top court that a DNA test will prove that she is the offspring of Ms. Jayalalithaa who died after a lengthy hospital stay last December. Her petition does not say who she believes her father is. The Supreme Court has said she needs to approach the Karnataka High Court and that it will not intervene at this stage.
Ms. Jayalalithaa, who was one of Tamil cinema’s most popular stars before turning politician, never married.
Ms. Amrutha claims that she was raised in Bengaluru by Ms. Jayalalithaa’s estranged younger sister, Shylaja, and her husband.
Ms. Amrutha told the Supreme Court that she was born on August 14, 1980, and her mother’s identity was kept the secret to avoid social stigma and “uphold the dignity of the family as they belonged to a very religious, orthodox and cultured Brahmin family”.
Two aunts of hers who are cousins of Ms. Jayalalithaa are co-petitioners.Ms. Jayalalithaa’s death at the age of 68 invoked a ferocious succession war that eventually pitted her closest and live-in aide, VK Sasikala, against leaders of Ms. Jayalalithaa’s party including Chief Minister E Palaniswami. Among relatives who tried to claim her hefty political legacy is Deepa Jayakumar, whose father was Ms. Jayalalithaa’s brother?
Deepa Jayakumar had a few months ago refuted Ms. Amrutha’s claims.