Tamil Nadu police have registered more than 20 cases, including the one against a DMK councillor in Coimbatore, for allegedly spreading rumours on the health condition of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. Some cases were filed after reports were received against the online posts over the social networking websites.
Pollachi Municipal Chairman and AIADMK town secretary, Krishnakumar lodged a complaint that DMK councillor Naaneethakrishnan had posted some verses on the social media, on the health condition of the Chief Minister, police said.
Some 20 people had shared these verses on Facebook, the complainant said, based on which police registered cases against them under IPC sections including 153 (A) (promoting enmity and disharmony), they said.
The 68-year-old leader continues to receive treatment at a hospital where she was admitted last month with the complaint of fever and infection.
Meanwhile, her party cadres conducted special prayers wishing her a speedy recovery. Led by senior party leaders, ministers and MLAs, special ‘lakshmi poojas’ were conducted in temples in Dindigul, Karur, Ulundurpet, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvarur, Salem and also in Chennai.
Some party members also did special poojas at a temple in the premises of Apollo Hospital.
“… our party colleagues conducted special pooja for betterment of our amma (Jayalalithaa). We hope she will come back home very soon,” AIADMK party spokesperson C R Saraswathi told the press.
At a temple in Salem, about 2,000 party cadres carried milk pots, praying for the speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa.
Ever since Jayalalithaa was hospitalised last month, the hospital has received a steady stream of VVIP visitors, including Union Ministers and leaders of political parties. On Sunday, Tamil film superstar Rajinikanth accompanied by his elder daughter, Aishwarya R Dhanush visited Apollo Hospitals and enquired about Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health.
(With inputs from the PTI)