Apollo Hospital moves Madras HC seeking interim stay on Jayalalithaa Death Probe

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Chennai, Feb 9: Apollo hospital on Saturday moved the Madras High Court seeking an interim stay on proceedings of the Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry which is probing the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

“We feel the Commission is going beyond its terms of reference. The terms of reference for the Commission does not intend to go into the adequacy of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa. The inquiry is now changing towards a case of medical negligence,” a person close to Apollo Hospitals told IANS.

Earlier in December last year, the hospital in an affidavit to the Arumugasamy Commission had demanded the constitution of a Medical Board consisting of doctors/ professionals, citing errors in the medical statements.

The Apollo hospital raised the demand claiming that errors crept in due to inability of typist to comprehend and type correct medical terms.

Prior to this, the Hospital had submitted a five-page affidavit to the commission in October 2018, naming four policemen who demanded the CCTV cameras to be switched off during Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation period.

The cops later asked the cameras to be turned on once she was shifted to her room.

The lack of adequate CCTV footage from around the time Jayalalithaa was admitted in late 2016 has raised several doubts.

In the wake of this, many Apollo Hospital doctors were also questioned and cross-examined.

Jayalalithaa had died on December 5, 2016, after being treated in the hospital for various ailments.

Following this, the state government had constituted the probe panel under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, mandating it to investigate the circumstances leading to hospitalization of Jayalalithaa on September 22, 2016 and the treatment provided to her till her death.

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