Summon ex-governor, CM, VIPs in Jaya death probe, DMK leader urges
DMK’s P Saravanan on Thursday raised questions on Jayalalithaa’s illness and treatment by the hospital from September 22 till her death on December 5 last year and over the statements made by the hospital and the VIPs who called on her.india Updated: Nov 03, 2017 11:33 IST
Citing serious anomalies in the discharge summaries and medical bulletins issued by Apollo Hospital, a DMK leader has asked the commission probing the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa to summon top political leaders, bureaucrats and medical professionals to clear the air.
DMK’s P Saravanan on Thursday demanded that VIPs, including former acting governor C Vidyasagar Rao, chief minister Edapaddi Palaniswami, deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala, health secretary J Radhakrishnan, Apollo Hospital chairman Pratap C Reddy, be summoned by the probe panel headed by justice (retd) A Arumugasway.
Raising several questions on Jayalalithaa’s illness and treatment by the hospital from September 22 to December 5 last year and the statements made by the hospital and the VIPs who called on her, Saravanan urged that he be given a chance to cross examine the VIPs to bring out the truth.
Sarvanan, who lost the Thirupparankunram assembly bypoll last November, had objected to the thumb impression of Jayalalithaa affixed on the forms of his rival and AIADMK candidate A K Bose on the contention that she was undergoing ventilation by tracheostomy and would not have been in a position to convey her decision to anyone as she would have been unconscious. But his plea was rejected, leading to his defeat in the bypoll.
In his petition to the Arumugasway commission, Sarvanan alleged that there were contradictions between the treatment summary and the press bulletins on her health issued by the hospital.
The bulletins had said that Jayalalithaa was admitted for fever and dehydration and would be discharged soon, which Saravanan pointed out was “contradictory to the treatment summary”.
The DMK leader also highlighted that after visiting Jayalalithaa on October 1, then-acting governor Rao had re-assigned certain portfolios held by her to Panneerselvam “on her advice”.
“Such a statement (by the governor) appears to be false and misleading as the patient according to the treatment summary was very serious and had the central venous line intubated and connected to ventilator and therefore was unconscious and had been at sedation,” he said and asked the commission to probe whether Jayalalithaa was able to advice Rao on October 11 last year.
In another release on October 22, the Raj Bhavan said the governor was happy to note that the CM was progressing well when her condition seemed otherwise. “It is quite misleading to issue such a press statement,” Saravanan said.
Noting that Jayalalithaa had undergone Tracheostomy to facilitate prolonged ventilator support, he said in such a condition she would not have been able to communicate to others verbally or by signs as she would have been conscious.
Therefore, all her actions said to have been done from the day she was admitted till her demise could not have been done by her, he said.
Sarvanan alleged that statements that she was communicating with government officials could not be true. “No doctor/hospital will allow any stranger to do such type of activities when the patient is lying in the bed unconsciously.”
He also submitted that putting the patient all of a sudden on ECMO and declaring her death in one day raised suspicion, and also sought a probe into this.
First Published: Nov 03, 2017 10:51 IST