Panel begins probe into Jayalalithaa’s death
The head of the panel, former justice Arumughaswamy, asked to submit its report within three months, could finish its probe within two months.india Updated: Oct 27, 2017 16:48 IST
The formal inquiry into the death of J Jayalalithaa started on Friday as former justice A Arumughaswamy, the head of the commission set up by the Tamil Nadu government, issued a notification seeking information about the former chief minister’s demise last year.
Arumughaswamy told reporters during a brief interaction that the panel, set up on September 25 and asked to submit its report within three months, could finish its probe within two months.
The commission said anyone who had any information regarding the AIADMK leader’s death could submit it in the form of sworn affidavits before November 22.
The panel has to inquire into the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa on September 22 and subsequent treatment provided to her till her death on December 5, 2016.
Jayalalithaa, one of the most enigmatic leaders in India, died at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai after more than 70 days of hospitalisation. Ever since, there have been hints at foul play with many pointing fingers at VK Sasikala, once a close aide of the late chief minister and who also lived with her.
Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar too hinted at a conspiracy surrounding the AIADMK leader’s death, days after she was barred from entering the Apollo Hospital to meet her aunt. Immediately after her death, sidelined senior AIADMK leaders even charged that she could have been murdered.
A thorough impartial probe was one of the top preconditions of deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam for the merger of his breakaway unit with the faction headed by chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami. The two factions merged on August 21.
He announced a probe panel in August but issued a formal notification on setting up the inquiry commission a month later on September 25.