Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's niece, Deepa Jayakumar, on Sunday, accused her brother, Deepak, of having "conspired to kill" her aunt. The allegation was made after Deepa failed to enter the Poes Garden residence of her late aunt leading to a falling out with her brother.
Deepa, the founder of MGR Amma Deepa Peravai, had maintained a low profile since the cancellation of the RK Nagar bypoll in April.
She chose Veda Nilayam, Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence, to re-emerge from the shadows. However, an orchestrated attempt to enter a property inhabited and guarded by relatives of jailed AIADMK (Amma) general secretary V K Sasikala went haywire.
Gasping for breath and repeatedly sipping from a bottle of water, a distraught looking Deepa emerged out of the gates and claimed that she came because her brother had invited her. "I came because Deepak invited me. But they hit me and pushed us outside," she said, as she coughed vigorously.
Deepa and her younger brother reportedly engaged in a war of words within the property's compound. Reports also claim that they hit each other.
Interestingly, Deepa was accompanied by her husband, K Madhavan, who had fallen out with his wife, a few months ago. In fact, Madhavan had gone on to float a party of his own named MGR Jayalalithaa DMK.
"I was scared to visit (Veda Nilayam) by myself. That is why he is here," Deepa explained her husband's presence, even as he continued to whisper points into her ears.
But Deepa's visit was planned in advance. Members of Deepa's outfit had sent WhatsApp texts to media houses requesting coverage. The situation turned chaotic after private security inside the Poes Garden residence allegedly roughed up and injured a reporter and a cameraman working with a private English news channel.
"Deepak is working in cohorts with Sasikala and her family. He had repeatedly called me since 5am and asked me to come. He said he would come to the gates to receive me and take me inside," Deepa continued.
"If they hadn't attacked the cameraman and reporter who were accompanying us, we would have gone inside the house. Now, I know they had planned to do something to me," she said.
Deepak, who spoke to a private Tamil news channel, confirmed that he had invited Deepa to Veda Nilayam. "She came and garlanded a portrait of Amma on the premises. Nobody attacked her, no one pushed her," he said.
However, Deepa went on the offensive claiming that her sibling should be "punished" for "killing" Jayalalithaa. "He is culpable like Sasikala. He killed Amma along with her (Sasikala). They did it for the money," she said.