J Jayalalitha 
J Jayalalitha 
Tamil Nadu

No video footage of Jaya available, Apollo tells probe panel

Agency News

The Apollo Hospitals has told the Justice Arumugaswamy enquiry commission that it has no video footage of former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s treatment two years ago as data gets automatically deleted every month to accommodate new data.

Responding to the judge’s letter of Sept 11, the hospital has said it has no video footage relating to Jayalalitha’s treatment between September and December 2016 as data stored in the server is overwritten every month.

The commission has summoned the hospital’s chief operating officer Subbiah Viswanathan to appear before it on Sept 25. It has also summoned many Apollo doctors, including ENT specialist Babu Abraham, next week. Many have already deposed before it.

The commission headed by the retired Madras High Court judge was set up in September last year to go into circumstances surrounding the death of Jayalalitha on Dec 5. It has already got two extensions and it is expected to give its report next month.

After the Edappadi and Panneerselvam came together and the reunited AIADMK got the flat and the symbol, the Government set up the enquiry because Jayalalitha’s aide V K Sasikala, now in jail, was the only one who had access to her during the 75 days she was in hospital and no one was allowed to meet her.

The implied suggestion is that Sasikala has a lot to answer for. The probe panel is yet to examine her as she is in Parappanahara jail in Bengaluru. Instead it has allowed her counsel Senthoor Pandian to cross-examine all those who had testified against her. Dr Mathangi Raja, daughter of Sasikala’s brother Divaharan, told the commission last June that anyone with a history of thyroid, diabetes and heart condition as Jaya was would find it recover from that.