Jayalalithaa’s niece, Deepa Jayakumar, missing after criticising Sasikala

Deepa earlier said she, along with her brother Deepak Jayakumar, were the legal heirs of Jayalalithaa but she was kept away consciously from meeting her aunt

Jayalalithaa’s niece, Deepa Jayakumar, missing after criticising Sasikala

Deepa Jayakumar, the niece of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, is reportedly missing after being vocal against Sasikala, a close associate of ‘Amma’ and the proposed new General Secretary of AIADMK.

Days after the death of Jayalalithaa, Deepa Jayakumar had criticised Sasikala and her family, saying they owes an explanation to the people of Tamil Nadu on how the former chief minister’s health deteriorated so quickly.


Deepa’s cousin Amrutha S, who had also joined the former in attacking Sasikala, said Deepa had gone missing and she had not been able to trace her since Monday, Bangalore Mirror reported.

“Her house was locked and her maid wasn’t around either. I have been trying to call her since Monday, but her phone is not reachable. I am really scared for Deepa after her daring outbursts against Sasikala. I just hope she is safe,” Amrutha was quoted by Bangalore Mirror as saying.

Deepa earlier said she, along with her brother Deepak Jayakumar, were the legal heirs of Jayalalithaa but she was kept away consciously from meeting her aunt. If no proper explanation was given, she would not hesitate to take the matters directly to the people who, she said, would not allow anyone to hijack the AIADMK.

Later in an interview to The Economic Times, Deepa said that AIADMK has lost its leader and they do not know what to do now.

“They have not analysed the situation properly. A critical analysis into the crisis needs to be done. Political consultants and experts need to be spoken to. I ask: So, you have opted for Madam Sasikala. Who will you go to after her? Her family? So, the situation is not clear to them,” she asked.

On Tuesday, the AIADMK party officials again urged Sasikala Natarajan to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.