Jaya death probe: Apollo Hospitals had motive, says Commission

The Arumughaswamy Commission set up to probe the circumstances leading to the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, alleges a motive behind the Apollo Hospitals seeking a stay into the probe.

Arumugasamy Commission has filed a counter affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that Apollo Hospitals has motive behind its plea seeking a stay on the probe into the death of Jayalalithaa.

The Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Limited on Greams Road in Chennai had moved the Madras high court to quash the two government orders which constituted the Justice A Arumugasamy Commission of Inquiry.

The petition sought to quash the records of the proceedings, findings and recording of the evidence by the Commission.

Recently, the Supreme Court allowed the Tamil Nadu government’s plea seeking more time to file a reply in a case related to the probe into the death of former chief minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed the state government’s request.

The apex court had on April 26 stayed the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission probe into the death of Jayalalithaa on an appeal by Apollo Hospitals against an order of the Madras High Court.

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said recently that former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s death was mysterious and that he had not seen her when she was hospitalised.

“Yes, I had said Amma’s (Jayalalithaa) death was mysterious. So I asked for an investigation. I had not seen her when she was hospitalized,” he said in the state Assembly.