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SC junks woman's plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa's daughter

SC junks woman's plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa's daughter

The Supreme Court will hear on Monday a writ petition from a woman Amrutha alias Manjula, claiming to be the biological daughter of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, seeking DNA test to substantiate her claim. She says Jayalalithaa's maternal aunt Jayalakshmi and the childless Shylaja and Sarathy took a vow before Jayalalithaa and God not to reveal the facts of her birth, and that co-petitioners Lalitha and Ranjani were privy to this.

In her petition, Amrutha claimed she was adopted and raised by Jayalalithaa's sister Shailaja and her now deceased husband Sarathi.

"Under Article 21 of the Constitution of India, every citizen is entitled to right to live with dignity and it includes the right to know. the petitioner wants to know her identity through her natural/biological mother", the petition said. She says she learnt the "truth" about her birth after Jayalalithaa's death on December 5 past year through her aunts - L S Lalitha and Ranjani Ravindranath. The woman had earlier made similar claims in letters to the President, Prime Minister, SC judges and CBI.

Amrutha says she studied at Aruna Nursery and Primary School in Bangalore.

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.

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Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa niece has refuted Amrutha's claims. They are fake people. "I know my dad and mom's relatives, and I don't know of any Amrutha".

Deepa alleges that the Mannargudi clan had created these "fake" relatives in 2002 to create confusion within the family.

Amrutha's claim could also prove to be false as Jayalalithaa had only biological sibling - her elder brother Jayakaumar who had died in 1996.

Amrutha says her attempts to meet Jayalalithaa four times at Apollo Hospital during her last days but was thwarted by the police on Sasikala's orders.


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