DMK demands CBI probe into Jaya’s death even after AIADMK sets up panel

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Sasikala Natarajan with Jayalalithaa

File photo of Sasikala Natarajan with Jayalalithaa

AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu has set up an inquiry commission headed by a former judge to probe the death of former leader and chief minister Jayalalithaa. Even as AIADMK constituted the probe panel, opposition DMK stuck to its demand of a CBI probe in the matter.

Justice (Retd.) Arumugasamy will head the inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year after 75 days of treatment at corporate Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, said the ruling party.

AIADMK’s decision to constitute the inquiry commission came after  a state minister had claimed that AIADMK leaders had lied about Jayalalithaa’s deteriorating health when she was in the hospital.

Meanwhile, DMK in a statement stated that the inquiry commission set up by the Tamil Nadu government was not adequate.

“There will be no benefit from the inquiry commission announced by the state government,” DMK Working President M K Stalin said.

Stalin also referred to senior AIADMK minister ‘Dindigul’ C Srinivasan’s recent apology for “lying” to the people about the health of Jayalalithaa.

Stalin blamed ousted AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam for “the big mystery surrounding Jayalalithaa’s  death”.

“The different statements issued by Ministers have exposed that there is a big mystery,” Stalin alleged.

“Considering the magnitude of the investigation which would require questioning of various persons including Union ministers, the London specialist, doctors from Singapore, AIIMS, there is no doubt that a CBI enquiry alone will be suitable,” he added.

A team of doctors, including UK-based specialist Richard Beale was treating Jayalalithaa before she died.

Meanwhile, sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran has claimed that that his aunt, Sasikala, possessed a video of hospitalised Jayalalithaa was ready to submit it before any probe agency, including the CBI.

Last week, ‘Dindigul’ C Srinivasan, in a public gathering in Madurai had claimed that he was asked by Sasikala to lie about Jayalalithaa’s health, when she was dying. The minister went on to say that no one was allowed to meet the late party supremo but he was forced to lie that she was recuperating.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals for fever and dehydration on September 22, 2016. After a prolonged hospitalisation, she had died on December 5, 2016 following a cardiac arrest.

(With inputs from PTI)