Indian high court orders arrest of Jayalalithaa's 'secret son'
Justice R Mahadevan told the police to 'secure the petitioner and take action action in accordance with law'. (Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
An Indian high court has ordered a man to be arrested for claiming to be the "secret son" of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and Indian film actor Shoban Babu.
The Madras high court said J Krishnamoorthy was wasting the judiciary's time by claiming to be a legitimate heir of the former chief minister, who passed away on December 5, 2016.
The court ordered Krishnamoorthy's arrest as he has failed to provide genuine documents to back his claims.
On Monday (March 27), the crime branch police informed the court that the documents submitted to the court were forged.
Justice R Mahadevan told the police to "secure the petitioner and take action action in accordance with law", The Hindu reported.
The court had warned the petitioner on March 17 that he would be jailed if the documents submitted by him proved to be fake.
Krishnamoorthy had claimed he was born on February 15, 1985 in Bangalore but because Jayalalithaa and Babu separated, he was given for adoption to a couple in Erode, over 400 kilometres from Tamil Nadu's capital city of Chennai.
The petitioner wanted the court to declare him as son and receive share of the late chief minister's properties, including her longtime residence at Poes gardens in Chennai.