1. High Court dismisses yet another PIL on Jayalalithaa’s health status

High Court dismisses yet another PIL on Jayalalithaa’s health status

The Madras High Court dismissed yet another PIL in connection with the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, terming it as 'one more publicity interest litigation'.

By: | Chennai | Published: October 21, 2016 8:25 PM
The PIL, filed by Dr G Pravina, sought setting up of an "expert life saving committee", headed by the Chief Secretary. (Source: PTI) The PIL, filed by Dr G Pravina, sought setting up of an “expert life saving committee”, headed by the Chief Secretary. (Source: PTI)

The Madras High Court today dismissed yet another PIL in connection with the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, terming it as ‘one more publicity interest litigation’.

The PIL, filed by Dr G Pravina, sought setting up of an “expert life saving committee”, headed by the Chief Secretary.

The petitioner said the panel should comprise specialist doctors from government hospitals and one member from the judiciary.

When the petition came up for hearing, the court dismissed it, stating, “We completely fail to understand the intervention sought to be made by the petitioner in the matter of this nature and it is for the people concerned to determine the nature of treatment. It is one more publicity interest litigation.”

On October 6, the court had dismissed another PIL petition as “publicity interest litigation”.

Social activist ‘Traffic’ K R Ramaswamy had sought a direction to authorities to spell out the “real” status of Jayalalithaa’s health condition.

Dr Pravina contended that Apollo Hospital “retained the Chief Minister with unexplained necessity.”

The hospital had retained her for 20 days without explaining sufficient medical cause for such a longer treatment, she said in her petition.

68-year old Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

A specialist from London, besides a three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, had also examined Jayalalithaa, who is being treated for infection with respiratory support.

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