Retired High Court judge to probe Jayalalithaa’s death

Arvind Prasanna A.

Chennai, Sep 26, 2017: The Tamil Nadu government on Monday announced the formation of an Inquiry Commission headed by retired Madras High Court Justice A. Arumugasamy to investigate the death of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

A short official release stated that the Commission was “constituted to conduct an inquiry and submit a report on the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa,” and a Government Order regarding the Commission was issued on Monday.

“Considering the magnitude of the investigation which would require questioning of various persons including Union ministers, the London specialist, doctors from Singapore, AIIMS, there is no doubt that a CBI enquiry alone will be suitable,” DMK leader M K Stalin said.

The former leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals on September 22 last year. Ever since her hospitalization, Jayalalithaa’s medical condition has been a hot subject of controversy with rumors being circulated everywhere.

The situation only worsened following her death on December 5, 2016 causing rifts in the AIADMK and eventually breaking it up into three separate factions. Many began claiming that foul play was involved in her hospitalization and subsequent death, with most of the accusations being levied at V.K. Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s close friend and confidante during much of her life.

“We told lies that Jayalalithaa had idlis and people met her. The truth is that nobody saw her. Even high profile dignitaries including Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi did not meet Jayalalithaa, but only met the hospital chairman,” Forests Minister C. Sreenivasan said.

Several other party leaders have also raised their doubts about the events leading up to her death and have called for investigations into it. The latest among those was Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s working President M.K. Stalin who demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

“Considering the magnitude of the investigation which would require questioning of various persons including Union ministers, the London specialist, doctors from Singapore, AIIMS, there is no doubt that a CBI enquiry alone will be suitable,” Stalin asserted on Monday.

TN Forests Minister, C. Sreenivasan

Earlier on Sunday at a party meeting in Madurai, Tamil Nadu Forests Minister C. Sreenivasan who belongs to the AIADMK admitted that he and other ministers lied about Jayalalithaa’s health at the behest of Sasikala.

“We told lies that Jayalalithaa had idlis and people met her. The truth is that nobody saw her. Even high profile dignitaries including Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi did not meet Jayalalithaa, but only met the hospital chairman,” Sreenivasan said.

TTV Dhinakaran

Again on Monday, sidelined AIADMK deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran tried to counter allegations of foul play, claiming that his aunt, Sasikala had filmed Jayalalithaa before her death and asserted that he would submit it to the Commission.

“When asked by him (pointing to his supporter and R K Nagar poll incharge, P. Vetrivel) if the footage could be used during R K Nagar bypolls, Sasikala said no. She told us to seek setting up inquiry commission ourselves and submit it at an appropriate time. We are ready to give to any inquiry panel, CBI or whatever. We are not scared,” Dhinakaran said.

The following is a brief timeline of the events,

 

 

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