New Delhi, Aug 18: Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry, probing the circumstances leading to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, has summoned three doctors of AIIMS to appear before it on August 23 and 24. Doctors have accepted the summons and will be present for the questioning. Also Read - VK Sasikala To Be Released From Bengaluru Jail On January 27, Pays Rs 10 Crore Fine
The commissioned has summoned GC Khilnani of the Department of Pulmonology, Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anesthesiology, and Nitish Nayak, a professor at the Department of Cardiology. (ALSO READ: One-Man Commission to Probe Jayalalithaa Death Takes Charge, Inquiry Commission Releases Jayalalithaa’s Last Audio clip, Handwritten Diet Chart) Also Read - MP Woman Axes 8-month-old Son to Death, says 'Baby was a Goat, Sent Him where he Belongs'
The doctors had periodically examined Jayalalithaa when she was undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital between September 22 and December 5, 2016. Also Read - Thalaivi Teaser Out: Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swami as Jayalalithaa And MGR Bring Magic On Screen
PTI reported that commission had examined till now 75 witnesses. Over 30 have been cross-examined by counsels for V K Sasikala, the jailed aide of late AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa. (Also Read: Jayalalithaa Died a Day Before Hospital Announced Her Demise: Sasikala’s Brother Divakaran)
Last year, on September 25, the state government had announced setting up of the inquiry commission headed by the retired high court judge. Noteworthy that it was one of the primary demand of the O Panneerselvam-led faction of the AIADMK before joining hands with the faction led by present Chief Minister K Palaniswami.
According to the Order issued, the Commission’s terms of reference would be “to inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation” of Jayalalithaa on September 22, 2016, and “subsequent treatment provided till her unfortunate demise” on December 5 the same year.
Jayalalithaa died in Apollo Hospital on December 5 last year after prolonged illness. Ever since, there have been hints at foul play in the death pointing fingers at V.K. Sasikala, who was a close aide of the late Chief Minister and who lived with Jayalalithaa.