Apollo Hospitals on Greams Road, Chennai, has welcomed the announcement of Tamil Nadu chief-minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami that a judicial inquiry would soon be conducted into the mysterious circumstances leading to the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief-minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Political observers point out that by announcing a judicial inquiry into Jayalalithaa’s demise, the EPS-led faction of the AIADMK had met an important demand of the OPS-led faction of the AIADMK. This would only speed up the process of merger of the two factions, it is pointed out. However, it may be recalled that OPS had always demanded a CBI inquiry into Jayalalithaa’s demise and not a judicial inquiry.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on the night of 23rd September last year and wad ‘declared dead’ on the night of 05th December after a prolonged stay of 75 days at the Hospital. Her demise raised quite a few eyebrows as only a few days prior to her demise the Hospital had claimed that Jayalalithaa had made miraculous progress and was on the fast road to recovery.
People and AIADMK cadres suspect that the Hospital might have ‘connived’ with jailbird Sasikala, former aide of the former chief-minister, in not administering proper treatment to ‘Puratchithalaivi’ thus hastening her demise. In the meantime, the Hospital has welcomed the chief-minister’s announcement about a judicial inquiry, saying that the truth that it only gave the best available treatment to the former chief-minister would come out.
“We tried our best to save the former chief-minister but couldn’t succeed; the inquiry would put a fullstop to various rumours/speculations about the mode of treatment given to her,” the Hospital said in a statement.