Jayalalithaa death report: The commission of inquiry which is currently probing the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa told Supreme Court on Thursday that it will submit the report in a month.
The probe panel also told the court that it has so far examined 154 witnesses and four more are still remaining. The apex court had stayed the proceedings of the panel in 2019 after a petition was submitted by Apollo Hospital regarding the scope of inquiry.
The commission was set up in 2017 by the Tamil Nadu government headed by Justice A Arumughaswamy (retired). The bench headed by Justices Krishna Murari ad S Abdul Nazeer were given the application by the Tamil Nadu government which asked to remove the stay in the proceedings. The court has agreed to hear the matter next Thursday.
The representatives of the commission told the Supreme Court that they will be able to submit a report on Jayalalithaa’s death within a month. As per reports, 56 doctors of Apollo Hospital, five doctors of AIIMS, 12 doctors associated with the government, the medical board of five doctors formed by the Tamil Nadu government and 22 paramedical staff were among the 154 witnesses examined by the commission.
J Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016 after 75 days of treatment and hospitalisation at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. The commission is examining the circumstances that lead to her hospitalisation. The Tamil Nadu government’s counsel urged the court to hear its argument in connection with the stay order imposed on the commission’s proceedings. The state government claimed in its application that if the commission is allowed to complete its report and submit it to the government then it would in the interest of justice.
Just two months after Jayalalithaa’s death, the Supreme Court had given a judgement which stated that the former Chief Minister was involved in fraud. The court noted that her wealth went from two crore rupees to over Rs 66 crores in 1996. Sasikala was also named guilty in the case along with her relatives.