Chennai: The controversy over the death of late AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa only seems to be increasing, as her former aide Sasikala’s brother Divakaran has now claimed that the official declaration of her death was delayed by a day.
As Jayalalithaa death mystery deepens, commission to probe VK Sasikala’s role. Divakaran has claimed that Jayalalithaa died at 5.15 pm on December 4, 2016 and not December 5, as was announced to the media.
“Amma passed away at 5.15pm on December 4, 2016. Hearing about her death, I reached the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai at night. However, Amma was still being kept on the ventilator,” Divakaran said, while addressing a gathering on the occasion of late chief minister M G Ramachandran’s birth anniversary.
He went on to add that the Apollo Hospital chairman Prathap Reddy on Wednesday him that her death would only be declared after the safety and the security of the hospital was ensured.
“When I enquired Reddy (Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy), he asked me to ensure the safety and security of the hospital. Then only he would declare (her death)”, Divakaran said.
His statement comes at a time when a Commission of Inquiry is probing into the circumstances that led to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa. The commission is headed by retired Justice A Arumughasamy, appointed by the Tamil Nadu government.
Recently, the Sasikala camp of the AIADMK had released a video of Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals just before the RK Nagar bypolls where she was seen in the hospital bed watching television in the video.
Ahead of RK Nagar polls, Sasikala camp releases video of Jayalalithaa in Apollo hospital; EC issues notice. Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22, 2016 for dehydration. Later her condition got complicated.
On December 5, 2016, rumours were floating about Jayalalithaa’s death in the evening which Apollo Hospital denied but later it was announced that she died at around 11.30 pm on that day.
She was in the hospital for 75 days before she breathed her last. Following Jayalalithaa’s death, suspicion over the circumstances leading to her demise were raised by several persons, including present Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his followers. Jayalalithaa was brought to Apollo in ‘breathless state’, says top hospital official