SC halts probe panel’s investigation into Jayalalithaa’s death

The Supreme Court today stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in December 2016.

The decision comes after Chennai’s Apollo Hospitals, where the former AIADMK chief spent her final weeks, challenged the summons to its doctors and the demand for the hospital records.

The hospital wanted the probe proceedings to be put on hold. The Supreme Court bench was headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

“Notice. Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission,” the bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said.

The AIADMK-led state government had set up the inquiry commission to look into circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5, 2016 at Apollo Hospitals.

On April 4, the Madras High Court rejected the hospital’s objection against the ongoing probe into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital.

Today, Apollo Hospitals argued that the commission even wanted the records of AIADMK founder and former Tamil Nadu chief minister MG Ramachandran or MGR’s treatment in the US.