Inquiry into Jayalalitha’s Death Concludes After 4 Years: Reports Expected Soon

| Updated: April 27, 2022 4:56 pm

The investigating team working on the murder of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and famous South politician J Jayalalithaa has completed its probe. It is due to deliver its findings to the state government. The investigating team’s report on the circumstances surrounding Jayalalithaa’s death took more than four years to complete.

The commission will submit its report to the state government on June 24. A former AIADMK spokesperson, V Pugazhenthi, went before the panel on Tuesday and made his recommendations. He allegedly demanded that former Chief Minister K Palaniswami should undergo an investigation.

Sources close to the panel, however, denied this. Last year, AIADMK dismissed Pugazhenthi. AIADMK top leader O Panneerselvam, Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa and nephew Deepak, many doctors and officials, and AIADMK leaders like C Vijayabaskar, M Thambi Durai, C Ponnaiyan, and Manoj Pandian came up as witnesses in the probe.

Deepa and Deepak had expressed skepticism about their aunt’s death scenario. In 2018, V K Sasikala, a close confidante of the late Chief Minister, filed an affidavit through her lawyer.

Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry

The previous AIADMK government established the Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry, which began hearings on November 22, 2017. Justice Arumughaswamy is a Madras High Court retired judge.

Sasikala’s affidavit points to the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalization (at Apollo Hospitals) in 2016. Jayalalithaa’s nieces raised concerns about the circumstances surrounding the former Chief Minister’s death, alleging a political conspiracy. The Apollo hospital doctor treating Jayalalithaa, on the other hand, said she was gravely unwell and died of heart arrest. 

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