Chennai, Jun 4: In a new disclosure in the death case of J Jayalalithaa, personal doctor of former Tamil Nadu chief minister reportedly told the commission probing her death that VK Sasikala had a made a phone call to him around 7 pm on September 22, 2016, informing that the leader was suffering from cough and fever. However, Sasikala made no mention of the phone call in her 99-para affidavit filed before the commission.
There are several other contradictions between statements made by Jayalalithaa’s personal doctor Sivakumar and Sasikala regarding last days of the former AIADMK chief. While Sasikala said Sivakumar came to the Poes Garden residence at around 9 pm to see ailing Jayalalithaa, the doctor said it was around 7 pm that Sasikala called him to inform about the former chief minister’s health and he reached her residence at 8.45 pm, reports News18.
“Around 9.30 pm, when I was with Akka on the first-floor room, Jayalalithaa began walking slowly to the bathroom to brush her teeth. After mouthwash, she said from the bathroom: “Sasi, feeling giddy, come here.” I stepped into the bathroom and got Jayalalithaa to walk to her cot, sat her down and sat next to her. Suddenly, she fainted and slid upon my shoulder. At that time, Sivakumar entered the room,” Sasikala had said her affidavit.
However, Shivkumar said when he visited the Poes Garden residence Jayalalithaa was coughing and running a temperature. According to him, the former chief minister went to the bathroom without any assistance but started coughing incessantly as she stepped out and then reeled back on him and Sasikala. Sivakumar also mentioned that there were two “unknown to him but identifiable” maids present there during his visit. However, Sasikala made no mention of them.
Sasikala claimed Jayalalithaa regained consciousness in the ambulance and asked where she was, while Sivakumar said the former chief minister questioned him about her whereabouts after some tests at Apollo Hospitals. 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.