Chennai, Jan 17: Jailed AIDAMK leader V K Sasikala’s brother V Divakaran on Wednesday claimed former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died a day before the official announcement was made. Divakaran said Jayalalithaa died on December 4 but the Apollo Hospital announced her death on December 5 considering its safety and security. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Kangana Ranaut Sheds 5 kgs of Weight put on For Thalaivi Movie- Watch Workout Video

“Amma (Jayalalithaa) passed away at 5.15 pm on December 4, 2016. Hearing about her death, I reached the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai at night. However, Amma was still being kept on the ventilator,” Divakaran, as reported by Times of India, said at a public meeting at Mannargudi in Tiruvarur district on the occasion of late chief minister M G Ramachandran birth anniversary. Also Read - Kangana Ranaut Shares New Look From Thalaivi on Jayalalithaa's 72nd Birth Anniversary

“When I enquired Reddy (Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy), he asked me to ensure the safety and security of the hospital. Then only he would declare (her death),” he added. Jayalalithaa had been undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital for three months. The hospital announced the demise of the chief minister on December 5. Also Read - Thalaivi: Kangana Ranaut's Look as Classical Dance Lover Jayalalithaa Sets Internet on Fire

In a press release, Apollo Hospital had stated that Jayalalithaa suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening (December 4) and despite the best efforts of the doctors she was unable to recover and passed away at 11.30 PM on Monday (December 5).

Reacting to Divakaran’s statement, Apollo Hospitals said, “It is unfortunate that unnecessary confusion is being created based on certain misinformation about the date and time of the demise of our former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who expired on December 5, 2016.” The hospital further said all clinical protocols and norms had been followed during the declaration of her death.

“Any distortion of the facts would be extremely unfortunate and unjust to all the caregivers and the medical experts, both from India and abroad, who relentlessly rendered medical treatment to our former chief minister. Moreover, there is a process of inquiry which is being conducted by an eminent body to go through all the facts leading to her demise. We would like the matter to be clarified at the earliest in the interest of truth and justice,” it said in a statement.