Jaya death: Probe Commission summons London doctor. The Justice Arumughaswamy commission probing the circumstances which led to the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has summoned London-based doctor Richard Beale to depose on 9 January.
Dr Richard Beale was among the specialists who treated Jayalalithaa when she was admitted in Apollo hospital for 75 days. The doctor will appear before the panel through video-conference.
Dr Beale gave critical medical advice to Apollo Hospitals during Jayalalithaa’s treatment and visited her twice before her death on December 5, 2016.
Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambi Dhurai has been asked to appear before the commission on 11 January. Similarly, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar have been asked to appear on 7 January and 8 January, respectively.
The commission, which is on a break due to the Christmas and new year holidays, will resume its proceedings on January 2, 2019.
Recently, an interventional cardiologist with Apollo Hospitals told the Commission of Inquiry probing Jayalalithaa’s death that doctors had suspected that the former Chief Minister had developed a fresh infection of the lung the day before she suffered a cardiac arrest.
Apollo Hospitals provided ‘world-class’ treatment to Jayalalithaa, said Dr Prathap C Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group, recently.
He was speaking to reporters at a press meet organised to announce completion of over 50,000 heart surgeries in Chennai.