Ten days after the Madras High Court expressed doubts over late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s death, the Tamil Nadu government has stated that it will file a response petition in a sealed cover to the court. The first bench of the Madras High Court was hearing a petition filed by AIADMK member Joseph seeking a judicial probe into Jayalalithaa’s “mysterious death”.
This development comes after Justice Vaidyanathan and Justice Parthiban made the following observations, “We have personal suspicions about Jayalalithaa’s death. There were reports of her eating, talking, attending meetings and signing documents. Then how did she die all of a sudden. At least now after her death, the truth should be revealed”
The Madras High Court also made the following statement to Tamil Nadu government, “Even after death, you have not given medical records, why can’t we order exhumation of the body?”
Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa had been hospitalized, stated it would pass on her medical records only to her blood relatives, even as the bench questioned the petitioner’s locus standi on the matter. Joseph, the petitioner, observed that although he was not a blood relative, he was a member of the AIADMK, and a citizen of Tamil Nadu and therefore deserved to know what had happened to the former CM.
Court says, "what is the locus standi of petitioners when none of the blood relatives have approached Court?" Matter deferred for Feb 23.
— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2017
Madras High Court has deferred the matter to Feb 23rd 2017 and have given time for the Tamil Nadu Government to reply to the petition.