Jayalalithaa's death to be probed by commission headed by retired judge

He also said that in deference to the demand from various sections and people, the government had made a decision to convert Chennai's Poes Garden residence, where Jayalalithaa lived, into a memorial which will be open for public. The committee will be headed by a retired judge, said the Chief Minister.

Jayakumar said that she has moral, ethical and legal right over the house.

Tamil Nadu CM and AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa died on 5 December 2016.

However, the Sasikala camp criticized Panneerselvam's demand, pointing out the he was chief minister during Jayalalithaa's hospitalization and would be among the first to be questioned in a probe. Available on Android and IOS. While one camp is led by Paneerselvam, TN CM E Palaniswamy heads the other. The judicial probe and the memorial were part of the OPS section's demands for a merger.

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While Panneerselvam demanded a probe, the matter also went to the Madras High Court where PILs had been filed by some persons seeking an inquiry and post-mortem.

Hailing Jayalalithaa as a great leader who had toiled for the welfare of the state and its people, CM Palaniswami said her "Veda Nilayam" residence would be made a memorial in deference to the requests from several quarters.

Palaniswami said Jayalalithaa had worked well and with dexterity as Tamil Nadu's chief minister and brought laurels to the state.

The Amma faction headed by Palaniswami had last week removed TTV Dinakaran as AIADMK deputy general secretary, a post given to him hastily by VK Sasikala, the general secretary of the party, as she headed to jail in Bengaluru after being convicted for corruption.

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"I don't find any point of setting up this on this inquiry commission". He affirmed that their two demands - VK Sasikala's family should be sidelined from the party and a CBI probe into Jayalalithaa's death on December 5 past year - are unfulfilled. He said the family, up to "usurp" the party, should be shown the door.

Since Jayalalithaa's death, there have been suspicions of foul play.

Panneerselvam loyalist and former Minister K.P. Munusamy welcomed the decision to make Poes Garden residence a memorial.

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