Jayalalithaa’s death probe begins today, judge in-charge to visit Poes Garden

Justice A Arumughaswamy, appointed by the Tamil Nadu government to inquire into the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, is likely to visit Poes Garden resident on Monday.

Last week, the retired judge of the Madras High had issued a notification calling for information in the form of sworn affidavits by November 22.

The state government had on September 25 announced setting up of the inquiry commission headed by the retired High Court judge.

Justice Arumughaswamy would hold the inquiry into the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation and death of Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year after 75 days of treatment at the Apollo Hospitals here.

The commission shall submit its report in three months, as per the Government Order.

Ever since Jayalalithaa’s death, there has been an accusation of foul play in her death pointing fingers at VK Sasikala.

However, it is not clear whether the commission would question Jayalalithaa’s long-time aide VK Sasikala who is undergoing imprisonment in a corruption case in Bengaluru prison.

The probe was a key demand of the then rebel AIADMK faction led by O Panneerselvam as a pre-condition for the merger of his camp with that of Chief Minister K Palaniswami.

The two factions had merged on August 21 with Panneerselvam becoming the deputy chief minister.


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