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Published On: Thu, Dec 29th, 2016

I have doubts in Jayalalithaa’s death,” Says Judge, court asked for a complete health report.

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dc-cover-58av6jsdn5s7r2vlgvm4e156j2-20161218185529-mediCHENNAI: Weeks after J Jayalalithaa’s death in Chennai, the Madras High Court has raised doubts and asked why her body cannot be exhumed.”Media has raised a lot of doubts, personally I also have doubts in Jayalalithaa’s death,” Justice S Vaidyanathan said on a petition asking for an investigation into the former Chief Minister’s death. “When she was admitted in hospital, it was said that she was on proper diet. At least after her death now, the truth should be revealed,” the judge said.

The court has asked for a complete health report.Ms Jayalalithaa died on December 5 after over two months in Apollo Hospital. The four-time Chief Minister was buried with state honours at Chennai’s Marina Beach, near her mentor MG Ramachandran’s memorial.

“Amma”, as she was referred to by her adoring supporters, was never seen by people after she was admitted to hospital on September 22.Two days before she suffered a massive cardiac arrest that led to her death, the ruling AIADMK had said that Ms Jayalalithaa was declared “fully recovered” by a team of doctors who said she could decide when to go home.

In the weeks before that, the AIADMK had given regular updates about how their chief was recovering and responding well to treatment. Criminal cases were filed against many accused of spreading rumours about Ms Jayalalithaa’s health.

In October, the party showed Ms Jayalalitha’s thumb print on election affidavits that they said she cleared from her hospital bed, which raised even more questions. Doctors said her right hand was inflamed so she was temporarily unable to sign.

The petitioner has questioned whether Ms Jayalalithaa was “in her senses” when the thumb impression was taken.Questions were raised regularly by AIADMK’s main rival DMK, which demanded to know why no leader, not even Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, was able to meet her.


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