Enquiry on Jayalalitha death put on hold by the apex court
The Supreme Court has put the hold on the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to investigate the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in 2016. Jayalalithaa who spent her final weeks at the Chennai's Apollo Hospitals breathed her last on December 5, 2016, in a suspicious way as stated by the AIADMK.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing the appeal of Apollo Hospitals against the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital. "Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission," stated the bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
Stating that 90 per cent of the investigation has been completed, the Tamil Nadu government has objected to the top court. On April 4, the Madras HC rejected the hospital's objection against the ongoing probe into the death of Jayalalithaa at the hospital. Apollo hospitals today argued that the commission even wanted the records of former Chief Minister and MGR's treatment in the US.
The AIADMK-led state government had set up the inquiry commission, headed by retired High Court judge Justice A Arumughaswamy, in September 2017 to look into the circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016, at Apollo Hospitals. Also, claimed that doctors and hospital staff are repeatedly harassed by the commission.