Panel will be set up to probe Jayalalithaa’s death; wasn’t allowed to meet her in hospital, says Panneerselvam

08 February 2017, 01:47 PM
Jayalalithaa (File photo: PTI)
Jayalalithaa (File photo: PTI)

Two months after Jayalalithaa’s death, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday said he would recommend an inquiry commission under a sitting Supreme Court judge to probe the “doubts” surrounding the health condition and demise of the late leader.

The chief minister’s announcement came a day after senior party leader P H Pandian made some allegations over Jayalalithaa’s death.

“There are widespread doubts on Amma’s health among people. It is the responsibility of a government to clear those doubts. An inquiry commission will be recommended to be set up under a sitting supreme court judge (to probe the matter),” he said.

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He was responding to reporters’ queries about “doubts surrounding Jayalalithaa’s health and subsequent death.”

Doctors, including the British specialist who treated Jayalalithaa, had recently explained in detail the treatment given by Jayalalithaa.

Pandian, who reiterated his allegations made against Sasikala yesterday, said he will file a complaint in this Regard.

Panneerselvam says never met Jaya in hospital 

In his first public comments on Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation, Panneerselvam said he could not meet her even once during her 75 days of hospitalisation.

He also said that no political leader could meet her in the Apollo Hospitals where she died on December 5.

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“For 75 days I went to the hospital. But I could not meet her even once. Even my family members used to ask me every day whether I met Amma. At one stage, I even thought of lying that  I had met her. But I did not do so,” Panneerselvam told a Tamil TV channel.

Panneer, who was allocated the portfolios held by Jayalalithaa during her hospitalisation, said he explained to his family that visitors were not allowed since she was in the intensive care unit and there was a possibility of infection.

“We were informed that Amma was recovering. We were confident. When we came to know that Amma has passed away, we felt we have lost all our powers,” he said.

Replying to a question whether anyone other than Sasikala met Jayalalithaa, he said: “I do not have information about any political leader meeting her. Only the Governor went inside twice. I neither saw nor heard of any other leader meeting her.”

His comments assume significance as a host of leaders including BJP President Amit Shah, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers of neighbouring states had visited the Apollo Hospitals during Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation.

On whether Jayalalithaa wanted to meet him since he was a loyalist or he took any effort to visit her, the senior AIADMK leader said he tried several times. “But thought may be I was unfortunate and a sinner not to have seen her in the hospital.”

To a question on recent resignation of some key state officials in the Chief Minister’s office, he said there was no compulsion from him and it was a decision taken by them on their own.

First Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2017 01:38 PM
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