Madras High Court Raises Suspicion In J Jayalalithaa’s Death

More than three weeks after the demise of former AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, a PIL has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking a commission comprising retired Supreme Court judges to look into “questionable incidents”, including her sudden hospitalisation, reported recovery and the cardiac arrest resulting in her death. Petitioner PA Joseph, a city resident, listed the sequence of events since Jayalalithaa’s admission to Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22 and claimed that the “secrecy” preceding her death gave rise to “grave doubts” in the minds of the people.

The petitioner pleaded that the commission must peruse all the records, reports and documents in possession of the government as well as the hospital and look into “several questionable incidents”, including her sudden hospitalisation, reported recovery and the subsequent cardiac arrest resulting in her death on December 5.

The commission should have at least three retired Supreme Court judges, the PIL pleaded, adding that they should also inquire into the “affixing” of Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression on election forms of her party nominees in by-polls, her advice to the Tamil Nadu Governor while “still on ventilator” and the “drama” played out at the Apollo Hospital premises on December 4-5.

Madras High Court which was hearing this petition today had raised doubt over Jayalalithaa’s death. This sitting Judge, Vaidyalingam, expresses his own personal opinion regarding the death of Ex-Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa and refers the case to a personal bench.

He has questioned the cause of the death based on doubts raised by certain Media Houses. He has also expressed opinions regarding the lack of regular update from Apollo Hospitals and suggested the need for exhuming the body if required.