The Chennai Police on Friday registered two separate cases against social activist K R ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy and his assistant Fatima for allegedly spreading false rumours on health conditions of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in the state capital. Cases against Ramaswamy and his assistant have been filed, based on complaints by activist Kishore K Swamy and AIADMK worker Vijaya Raj.
So far, the city police have registered 58 cases against people for their posts on social media on Jayalalithaa’s health condition. They have also arrested eight people in the matter, the latest to be held was a shopkeeper in Tuticorin. On October 11, police enlisted private cyber experts to keep a watch on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp. It also warned of stern action against those found indulging in such acts.
Jayalaithaa is in the hospital since September 22 due to fever and dehydration. All her portfolios have been given her confidante and state Finance Minister O Pannerselvam. On Wednesday he had presided over a cabinet meeting in the state capital with Jayalalithaa’s photo by her side.
Meanwhile, media reports suggest that the Tamil Nadu chief minister is now recovering well. Yesterday AIADMK leaders had stressed that their leader is recovering well and will return home soon.
After she was admitted, several political leaders including the DMK’s MK Stalin, BJP chief Amit Shah, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Kerala governor P Sathasivam, Kerala chief minister P Vijayan visited her among host of other dignitaries.