On Tuesday, the probe panel report into the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was made public. The report has made big revelations and held several people, including VK Sasikala, potentially responsible for the AIADMK leader’s death in 2016.
The probe panel, which was headed by former Madras High Court Justice A Arumughaswamy, presented the report in the Tamil Nadu Assembly today, where it recommended investigation against four people who were living with Jayalalithaa at the time of her illness.
The 500-page report has claimed that the death of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader should be investigated as Jayalalithaa and Sasikala were not on good terms. The report further stated that instead of approaching Jayalalithaa’s death as natural, it should be probed as a crime.
The probe panel named four people who could be potentially responsible for Jayalalithaa’s death; all of whom were her close aides.
- VK Sasikala – close aide who lived at her residence. Reportedly, she was always with her during her illness, until her death.
- Dr KS Shivakumar – Jayalalithaa’s private doctor who was coordinating her treatment.
- Radhakrishnan – Health Secretary in the Jayalalithaa government at the time, who was also monitoring her health.
- C Vijayabaskar – Health Minister in the Jayalalithaa government at the time, who was also one of her close aides, and was responsible for her health bulletins when she was under treatment at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai.
Hundreds of witnesses, including close associates of Jayalalithaa, politicians, bureaucrats, doctors, Apollo Hospital staff, and many others have been examined in relation to the death of the AIADMK leader.
The panel to probe her death was set up in August 2017, after many top AIADMK leaders claimed that the politician died under mysterious circumstances. They demanded fair investigation against Apollo Hospital, and people who lived with Jayalalithaa during her treatment.
Last month, the Apollo Hospital in Chennai got a clean chit from AIIMS, Delhi, who informed that no errors were found during her treatment at the hospital. The report mentioned the final diagnosis and the timeline of events, and also agreed with Apollo’s mode of treatment and diagnosis.
Jayalalithaa, who served four times as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, died on December 5, 2016 at Apollo Hospital, Chennai. According to the medical bulletin, Jayalalithaa had suffered a cardiac arrest.