January 23: The Madras High Court division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam on Wednesday while dismissing a petition filed by advocate ML Ravi granted permission to construct a memorial for former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Marina beach in Chennai.
The Court also asked the state government to take policy decisions in the matter, considering interests of people.
Advocate ML Ravi had approached Court seeking to restrain the state from constructing the memorial of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. He argued that the state ought not to construct a memorial for a person, who was convicted in a disproportionate assets case.
As per the facts, in 2014, a Trial Court had convicted the former chief minister and sentenced her to four years in jail and fined Rs. 100 crore. However, in 2015 the ruling was overturned by the Karnataka High Court, which then acquitted her from the case.
The corruption case dates back to late 1990s and Jayalalithaa along with Sasikala was accused of profiting from the chief minister's office and amassing wealth beyond their income.
The Supreme Court in 2017 had decided to abate the charges against Jayalalitha in the case after her death in December 2016, citing the fact that she can not defend herself.
On December 19, The division bench had reserved its order in the matter when the state government informed the Court that the memorial costs around Rs. 50 crores and would be completed by March 2019. The state while opposing the Plea clarified its stance that former chief minister Jayalalithaa, being a very popular leader, deserves a memorial.