New Delhi, March 21: There is a new disclosure in the death case of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. VK Sasikala, Jayalalithaa long-time associate, has reportedly told the panel probing Jayalalithaa’s death that the former Tamil Nadu CM had refused to be taken to hospital after she collapsed inside the washroom of her Poes Garden house in Chennai. Also Read - Thalaivi Teaser Out: Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swami as Jayalalithaa And MGR Bring Magic On Screen

Sasikala, in her statement submitted to retired high court Justice A Arumughaswamy, said that Jayalalithaa fell down inside the first floor washroom of her house at about 9.30 PM on September 22, 2016. “She called out to me for help. I suggested going to hospital, but she refused. She passed out and I called the doctor for an ambulance,” Sasikala said in her statement. Also Read - Centre Directs Tamil Nadu to Revoke Decision of Allowing Full Seating Capacity in Theatres

“Jayalalithaa regained consciousness on the way to the hospital and asked where she was being taken,” said Sasikala. (Also Read: Jayalalithaa Died a Day Before Hospital Announced Her Demise: Sasikala’s Brother Divakaran) Also Read - Tamil Nadu Bans Gatherings At Beaches, Resorts, Pubs For New Year Due To COVID-19

Jayalalithaa spent three months at Chennai Appollo Hospital and her stay was kept completely guarded. Even senior leaders of her party – AIADMK – like O Panneerselvam and M Thambidurai were denied access to her.

Sasikala, who is presently serving jail term after being convicted in a disproportionate assets case in which Jayalalithaa was also named, claimed that Amma, as Jayalalithaa was known among her supporters, was under severe stress due the corruption cases against her.

Jayalalithaa, 68, was declared dead on December 5, 2016. Doctors claimed she suffered a cardiac arrest. Doubts have been raised over the events leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and her death by various quarters with opposition parties including the DMK demanding a CBI probe.