For years now, there have been multiple claims of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, having had a daughter that she did not want to expose to the world. Even as that rumour finally came to an end a few months ago, now another 'heir' has claimed that he is Jayalalithaa's 'real son'.
Krishnamurthy, who is a resident of Erode, filed a writ petition before the Madras High Court, claiming that he was the only son of the late chief minister. Krishnamurthy who claims to live with his adopted parents, says he was born to late actor Shoban Babu and J Jayalalithaa.
His petition states that ‘his mother’ had planned to introduce him to the public as her son between 14-18 September. Sasikala, allegedly was against this move and quarrelled with Jayalalithaa against it. The late CM, he says, was then admitted to the hospital on 22 September. In his petition, Krishnamurthy goes on to allege that he was not allowed to participate in the funeral.
"On the instigation of TTV Dinakaran, some unidentified persons kidnapped me and kept me in their custody at the Sirthavur bungalow and tortured me. Thereafter, I escaped from there with the help of the watchmen of that bungalow," reads the petition. After this, he reportedly contacted Traffic Ramaswamy for help.
Krishnamurthy had also filed a petition with the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and the DGP. However, no steps were taken to ensure his security. Requesting the court to issue a Writ of Mandamus (a court order to officials to discharge their duties), he prayed that the court would also direct the DGP to provide him with security.
While hearing this case on Friday, however, the Madras High Court pulled up both the petitioner and activist Traffic Ramaswamy, who is Krishnamurthy’s counsel. The HC demanded that the petitioner submit documents to prove that he is indeed the late chief minister's son. The court said that the proof will have to be verified for authenticity by police, who will have to submit a report by 24 March.
The court further warned the petitioner and the activist that if the petitioner's claim is proven to be false, severe action will be taken.
Shortly after Jayalalithaa’s death last December, a picture of a woman closely resembling Jayalalithaa had gone on social media. It was rumoured that she was the late CM’s “secret daughter”, living in the US anonymously.
However, as reported by The News Minute earlier, the woman in the picture is Divya Ramanathan Veeraraghavan, who lives in Australia with her husband. While Divya has no connection with Jayalalithaa, she in fact belongs to the family of Mridangam Vidwan V Balaji.
Balaji had then told The News Minute, "We had seen the image doing the rounds last year, and had contacted Facebook through friends to get it removed. But they said there was nothing derogatory, and that the rumour will die down. But it didn't. It started getting circulated even more and my brother and Divya were worried and annoyed."
It was then that the family had gotten in touch with singer Chinmayi Sripada, who shed light on the identity of the woman in the picture. Balaji had said that Divya was born and brought up in Trivandrum, and like any other middle-class family, they too kept mum for long as they did not want to be dragged into any controversy.
(This story was first published in The News Minute.)