A video said to be of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was released by a leader of the TTV Dinakaran camp on Wednesday, a day before a by-election to the city’s RK Nagar assembly constituency that fell vacant after the AIADMK leader’s death last December.
The 20-second video, distributed to the media by disqualified AIADMK MLA P Vetrivel, a trusted aide of V K Sasikala and a backer of her nephew Dinakaran, purportedly shows Jayalalithaa on a bed listening to an old Tamil melody number.
Vetrivel said the video was shot by Sasikala when the former chief minister was undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, between September and December 2016.
Vetrivel soon found himself in the dock, with the Justice Arumughaswamy commission investigating the former chief minister’s death, and RK Nagar returning officer Praveen Nair filing police complaints and police filing an FIR.
The Commission reportedly alleged that Vetrivel had intentionally released the purported video to degrade it and to create law and order problems.
Earlier, the Election Commisson had also filed a complaint against Vetrivel.
“It’s false that no one met Jayalalithaa in the hospital. There’s video proof. We waited for days before releasing it but released it now as we were left with no option. The inquiry commission hasn’t summoned us yet. If it does, we’ll submit evidence to them,” Vetrivel said.