New Delhi: In a fresh revelation related to the mystery surrounding Jayalalithaa’s death, Apollo Hospital on Thursday said that all the CCTV cameras in the intensive care unit where former Tamil Nadu chief minister was kept were switched off soon after she was admitted, media reports said.
Apollo Chairman said that the closed circuit television cameras were switched off during the entire duration of Jayalalithaa’s 75-day stay at the hospital. He also said the 24-bed intensive care unit was emptied and she was the only patient there.
“Unfortunately they (CCTVs) were switched off. Jayalalithaa got admitted and one ICU was completely occupied only by her. So they removed the footage because they did not want everyone to be watching,” said Prathap C Reddy, Founder-Chairman of Apollo Hospitals.
Jayalalithaa died in Chennai’s Apollo hospital in December 2016, amid questions fueled by the secrecy and limited access to the 68-year-old.
It was not immediately clear, who ordered the CCTV cameras to be switched off. Reddy was speaking on the sidelines of a press conference of the Apollo International Colorectal Symposium 2018, when a reporter asked him if the hospital has also submitted the CCTV footage from the 75-days-long stay of the former chief minister to the panel probing her death, Times Now reported.
It is noteworthy here that even though the CCTV footage is unavailable, Sasikala said she made four videos of Jayalalithaa with permission and has submitted them to the commission. The videos were an effort to document Jayalalithaa’s health, she claimed.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on the night of 22 September, 2016 and passed away on 5 December, 2016. Following her death, suspicion over the circumstances leading to her demise was raised by several persons, including Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his followers.
Later, the Tamil Nadu government formed the Arumughaswamy Commission to probe her death. The panel’s terms of reference were to inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa and treatment provided till her demise.