Jayalalithaa was never pregnant: TN govt on parentage claims by ‘daughter’

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday submitted a report along with clips of late TN chief Jayalalithaa minister dating back to 1980s while stating that she was never pregnant in her lifetime.

TN Advocate general Vijay Narayan made this claim in response to a case filed by one Amrutha of Bengaluru who has been claiming to be the biological daughter of former AIADMK leader.

He stated that the petitioner’s intention was to inherit the properties left behind by the late leader.

Narayan also asked, why Amrutha had never taken a picture with Jayalalithaa.

In his defence before justice S Vaidyanathan, he said that Amrutha was born in August 1980.

The video clip submitted to the court was taken in 1980 at a film award ceremony.

“This was filmed just a month before the birth of Amrutha and the court can see that there are no signs of pregnancy,” he claimed.

After Narayan made his point, he suggested that DNA samples of Jayalalithaa’s relatives could also be matched with that of Amrutha if required.

Following which, Justice Vaidyanathan posted the matter for further hearing next week.

Earlier, in her petition filed Amrutha has sought a direction to exhume Jayalalithaa’s body along with a permission to enable her family to cremate it on the grounds that the chief minister was a Brahmin.

She had requested the court to order a DNA test to ascertain her parentage. Jayalalithaa died on 5 December 2016 after prolonged hospitalisation and was buried at the Marina beach.

Amrutha had approached the high court after failing to impress the Supreme Court to order a similar review on November 27, 2017.

Rejecting her plea, the Supreme Court had suggested that she approach the high court concerned for any relief.