Madras HC Expresses Doubt Over Jayalalithaa’s Death


Chennai: Madras High Court judge  Justice Vaidyalingam raises ‘personal’ doubt over Jayalalithaa’s death. “Media has raised a lot of doubts, personally I also have doubts in Jayalalithaa’s death,” he says.

He also said that when she was admitted in hospital ,it was said that she was on proper diet. Atleast after her death now, truth should be revealed. While hearing a petition filed by an AIADMK member named Joseph, the sitting judge of the vacation bench, Justice Vaidyanathan observed, “I have personal suspicions about Jayalalithaa’s death.”

Referring to media reports during Jayalalithaa’s 75-day hospitalisation, the judge asked, “There were reports of her eating, talking, attending meetings and signing documents. Then how did she die all of a sudden.”

The judge also went on to say that the court could order the exhumation and post-mortem of Jayalalithaa’s body.  “Even after death, you have not given medical records, why can’t we order exhumation of the body?” he observed.

On December 18, expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa had moved the Supreme Court seeking a judicial probe into Jayalalithaa’s death, calling it “suspicious”. A similar PIL was also filed in the Madras High Court.

Jayalalithaa was declared dead on December 5 after suffering a cardiac arrest a day earlier. She had been hospitalised at Apollo Hospital on September 22 with breathing difficulties and dehydration.