Jayalalithaa death: In a sensational claim, beleaguered AIADMK leader V K Sasikala’s brother Divakaran has alleged that late former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had died on December 4 evening in 2016, not on December 5 as it was officially announced. Divakaran clamed that Jayalalithaa died at 5.15pm on December 4. But she was kept on a machine for one more day. When I asked the reason, they said they wanted to make sure of security, security of Apollo Hospitals,” Divakaran said at a public meeting at Mannargudi, celebrating AIADMK founder MGR’s 101th birthday. It has been learnt that a day after she suffered a massive cardiac arrest (on December 4), a bulletin from Apollo Hospitals (on December 5), said she “continues to be very critical and is on ECMO (Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) and other life support systems”.
Earlier on December 19, DMK leader M K Stalin had vowed to unravel the “mystery” behind the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in December last year and bring to book anyone found involved, as he claimed that the AIADMK government would not last long and his party would return to power. Stalin said there was a “mystery on how Jayalalithaa passed away and what kind of (medical) treatment was provided” to her during her 75-day hospitalisation, as he dismissed as an “eyewash” the inquiry ordered by the state government into her death. He asserted the K Palaniswami government would fall once the court delivered its verdict in pending cases (related to the disqualification of 18 rebel AIADMK MLAs and the DMK’s plea for action against deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and his loyalist MLAs for voting against the chief minister).
The state government-appointed one-man commission of inquiry has already begun its probe into the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa on September 22, 2016 and treatment provided till her demise.
The commission, headed by retired high court judge A Arumughaswamy, has invited all those having “personal knowledge and direct acquaintance” in the matter to furnish information to it.
Following Jayalalithaa’s death, suspicion over the circumstances leading to her demise were raised by several persons, including Panneerselvam and his followers. A probe into her death was one of the key demands made by his group for its merger with the Palaniswami-led faction, which eventually took place in August this year.