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Jayalalithaa death: Probe called against Sasikala, Vijayabaskar

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The Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry, which was formed to investigate the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, has demanded an investigation into Sasikala and three others.

On Tuesday, the State Assembly received the report of the Arumugasamy Inquiry Committee, which investigated the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa. The Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry found Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s personal doctor K S Sivakumar, then Health Secretary Radhakrishnan, and C.Vijayabaskar, who was Health Minister at the time, to be at fault and ordered an investigation.

Earlier in August, the single-member commission appointed to investigate J Jayalalithaa’s death, led by retired Justice Arumugasamy, delivered its report to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin at the Secretariat after five years.

Following Jayalalithaa’s death in December 2016, full-fledged politics erupted over the cause of her death and the medical procedures used during her hospitalisation.

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam had asked for an investigation into her death. The Arumughaswamy Commission was formed as a result of this.

The Commission was tasked with investigating the circumstances, health condition, and situation that led to the hospitalisation of late Chief Minister J Jayalalitha on September 22, 2016, and the subsequent treatment provided until her untimely death on December 5, 2016.

Aarumugasami submitted a final report of 608 pages in Tamil and 500 pages in English.
Over 159 witnesses in relation to Jayalalithaa have appeared before the Arumughaswamy Commission and presented their perspectives.

Notably, the Arumughaswamy Commission began its investigation in November 2017 with numerous hearings of Jayalalithaa’s close aides and doctors who provided treatment, as well as then-Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabhakar, then-Health Secretary Radhakrishnan, then-Tamil Nadu Finance Minister and AIADMK senior leader O Pannerselvam.

Meanwhile, a report by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences’ panel of doctors has asserted that the treatment provided to late Jayalalithaa was as per “correct medical practice and no errors” have been found in the care provided. This clean chit provided relief for Apollo Hospital where Jayalalithaa was admitted.

The panel found all the final diagnosis and timeline of events of Jayalalithaa’s health was fully observed and also agreed with Apollo’s treatment and diagnosis. 

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