The Madras High Court has sought response from the state government of Tamil Nadu over a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking detailed report of the health condition of Chief Minister J Jayalalitha. The 68-year-old leader has been undergoing treatment at Apollo hospital in Chennai since September 22 after the complaints of fever and dehydration.
Hearing the PIL by the social activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy, the High Court, however, observed that an official release with regard to the health condition of Chief Minister will reduce the anxiety of the people.
Arguing for the state government, Additional Advocate General C Manishankar told the court that the corporate hospital had been issuing medical bulletins daily on her health conditions and describing the treatments given to her.
But the court said though the hospital was releasing bulletins, being the chief minister of the state, some official release with regard to her health condition will reduce the anxiety of the people. The state government has been asked to respond to the PIL by Wednesday.
The petition has also sought release of photographs of the meeting she is said to have had with her cabinet colleagues and officials in the hospital.
Earlier on Sunday, first time in 10 days after Jayalalitha was hospitalised on September 22, the Apollo Hospital in its release said that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is being treated for “infection” and is “responding well”.
“Chief Minister, who is undergoing treatment, continues to improve. Apollo Hospital obtained an expert opinion from International Specialist and Consultant from the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, Dr Richard Beale who was flown in from the United Kingdom on September 30, 2016,” it said.
Detailing further, the bulletin added that Dr Beale examined the Chief Minister, evaluated various clinical reports and “had detailed discussions with the expert group of doctors treating the Chief Minister and concurred with the present line of management”.
“The Chief Minister is responding well to the treatment given to her. Chief Minister has been advised a few more days stay in the hospital,” it said.
The opposition DMK had last week gone to the extent of asking the ruling party to release the CM’s photographs. But the AIADMK had rejected the calls to release photographs.
Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao had on Saturday visited Jayalalithaa and said she was “recovering well”.
(With inputs from the PTI)