Chennai, Mar 22: In a new disclosure in the death case of J Jayalalithaa, Apollo Hospitals said that all CCTV cameras were switched off during the treatment of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals, told media persons that CCTV cameras were turned off during the 75-day hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa as she was the only patient occupying the 24-bed intensive care unit.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of a press conference of the Apollo International Colorectal Symposium 2018, Dr Reddy said that the hospital had submitted all relevant documents to the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of inquiry probing death of Jayalalithaa. He also said no visitors were allowed to meet her and the hospital had done its best to save Jayalalithaa. (Also Read: Jayalalithaa Died a Day Before Hospital Announced Her Demise: Sasikala’s Brother Divakaran)
When asked about the CCTV footage, the Apollo Hospitals chairman said, “I am sorry. Unfortunately, they switched off all the CCTVs for all the 75 days. As soon as she got admitted, the access to the ICU was closed. All patients were diverted to another ICU. This ICU was occupied only by her. Only one out of 24 beds in the ICU was used. They removed the camera because they did not want everyone to be watching.”
“In the hospital, we follow a simple policy. No one is allowed in the ICU, except close relatives for a short time. Since she was critical, we did not permit. But relatives have an option to ask for some people. The doctor who is on duty can allow,” he said. Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital on September 22, 2016. She was declared dead on December 5 after suffering from cardiac arrest a day before.
Following her death, suspicion over the circumstances leading to her demise was raised by several persons, including Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his followers. The Tamil Nadu government appointed a commission under Justice A Arumughaswamy to probe her death.