As there were no health reports of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from doctors and her party leaders, the state police has said it will not encourage any loose talk. It also added that a team of cyber experts will identify and get hold of those posting falls reports of the CM. Since last few weeks, at least 50 criminal cases have been filed and eight people have been arrested.
Urging users of social media sites not to spread false information, the police said stern actions will be taken against the culprits if any such content is found, an NDTV report has said.
The 68-year old chief minister, was admitted in Apollo hospital last month, after which doctors confirmed Jayalalithaa of having lung infection.
Some reports suggested that state Governor Vidyasagar Rao had recommended regular updates on the chief minister be made public to avoid rumours that could upset her supporters and start protesting in the state.
Last week, her cabinet minister O Paneerselvam was given charges of her portfolios while Jayalalithaa continues to remain the chief minister.
The Governor’s statement that this was done “on the advice” of the CM was challenged by opposition leaders who have suggested that she is not fit enough to take decisions on governance.