Chennai: Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, stoked up a fresh controversy, as he reportedly claimed that he had urged the Apollo Hospitals to airlift late chief minister J Jayalalithaa to the US for treatment but it rejected the possibility.  “You speak as if you don’t trust us,” the hospital officials allegedly told him.

OPS made the revelation on Tuesday while he disclosed that he was not allowed to visit the the late CM during her hospitalisation.

He even claimed to have given a ‘threat’ to the hospital that if Amma dies at the hospital, AIADMK cadres would create a ruckus at the hospital. However, this didn’t help either.

Panneerselvam’s statement comes at a time when the Arumughaswamy Commission, probe committee set up to investigate Jayalalithaa’s death, completes one year. The probe panel has till now summoned over 100 people, including a few AIADMK leaders and high profile doctors.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Chennai on September 22, 2016, as she was suffering from septicaemia and acute dehydration. She breathed her last on December 4. Panneerselvam was handed over her official duties on October 12, 2016.

It may be recalled that in February 2017, doctors who treated Jayalalithaa, including UK-based intensivist Dr Richard Beale, addressed the media while claiming that the issue of transferring her was discussed but no action was taken as in such cases, risk plays an important role.