The Madras High Court today asked the Tamil Nadu government for details on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health.
When a petition filed by social activist Traffic K R Ramaswamy came up for hearing, the court directed the government to submit the details by Thursday.
The petitioner has asked for a government statement amid speculation that Jayalalithaa, 68, is seriously unwell and her party is trying to keep it a secret. The petition also asks that an interim chief minister be appointed as she recovers at the Apollo hospital in Chennai.
A bulletin released by the hospital on Monday said the health of the chief minister ‘continues to improve.’
“The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection,” said the bulletin. A specialist doctor from London, UK was also flown in to monitor Jayalalithaa’s condition.
Holding that governor C Vidyasagar Rao and union minister Pon Radhakrishnan had reportedly visited the hospital, the petitioner said they have not given details about her health condition.
Opposition leaders like the DMK’s M Karunanidhi have urged the Chief Minister’s party to release a photograph to prove she is not critical, but the AIADMK has rejected the demand.