VK Sasikala, a close aide to J Jayalalithaa, denied the commission’s accusations that she was responsible for errors in her treatment of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. In a three-page letter, Ms Sasikala denied the Arumughaswany Judiciary Committee charges against her and said Jayalalithaa never needed an angiogram and she did not prevent any move to have her released. outside of treatment.
Declaring she was ready to face any probe, Ms Sasikala wrote that the doctors had decided at the time that Jayalalitha’s angiography was not needed.
“Jaya and I are role models for friendship. We purposely broke up to understand the authenticity of a plot to separate us. I joined Jayalalithaa after understanding the context of the plot,” she added. .
Earlier, on Tuesday, Ms. Sasikala’s lawyer told NDTV that Ms. Sasikala had nothing to do with Jayalalithaa’s treatment. Whether angiography was done was up to the doctors, including a team from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences sent by the central government, and it was a matter of proof, he said.
“There is evidence that this was a collective decision of the doctors. There was concurrence of the AIIMS doctors sent by the central government. Nowhere is it said that Ms. Sasikala ordered it. You know the doctor. position of the law. There shouldn’t be any assumptions,” Raja Senthura Pandian told NDTV.
None of the witnesses examined said that “the angiogram was interfered with … that Sasikala intervened. No evidence,” he added. Doctors decided to do an angiogram afterwards and there was evidence of that, he said.
The sole judge investigation committee, which looked into Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016 amid a flur of conspiracy theories, has recommended that the state government investigate VK Sasikala and three others – including the Health Minister The doctor at that time was Dr. Vijayabhaskar and Chief Secretary.
Justice (Retired) Arumughaswamy said they were responsible for mistakes, including not sending her abroad for treatment despite experts’ recommendations. Jayalalithaa suffered a heart attack and AIIMS specialists and Dr Richard Beale from the UK recommended angiography and treatment abroad.
Mr Pandian also added that the retired judge, who advised state authorities to investigate Jayalalithaa’s death, oversaw his brief from the Supreme Court.
Citing a lawsuit filed by Chennai Apollo hospital – where Jayalalithaa was hospitalized – to the Supreme Court alleging that the former judge was biased and unqualified to handle medical matters, Mr Pandian said the high court has set clear boundaries for the committee.
Citing a court order on the matter issued in November 2021, he said the court had said the commission could not “determine rights or liabilities or decide any question of criminality.” or the innocence of anyone”.
The Commission can only “make its opinion to the government” on whether the treatment given to Jayalalithaa is “adequate…on the basis of or oral and documentary evidence”. The highest court under its order also said it hoped the committee would “lock itself in this frame of reference,” he added. Mr. Pandan said: “Respectful justice removed it.
The report, submitted in August, was shared by the DMK government in parliament today. The report has the potential to have political influence on the opposition AIADMK and its former ministers. A government order says the state plans to consult legal experts on the next course of action.