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HC rejects Apollo’s plea to stay Jaya death probe
Tamil Nadu

HC rejects Apollo’s plea to stay Jaya death probe

S.Murari

The Madras High Court on Monday refused the plea of Apollo Hospitals management to stay the proceedings of the Arumughasamy Commission’s enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, including the adequacy of treatment given to her in hospital.

When its petition came up before a division of bench Justice R Subbiah and R Krishnan, the judges ordered notice to the commission and posted it for next hearing on Friday.

Alleging that the probe panel is prejudiced against it and it has no medical competence to go into the treatment given to Jayalalitha during the 75 days she was in hospital in 2016, the hospital prayed for an interim stay till the treatment aspect is gone into by a team of doctors from outside Tamil Nadu .

Counsel for the commission denied that it had pre-determined the outcome by assuming prejudice on the part of the hospital and collusion between Health Secretary Radhakrishnan and the hospital for affirming that Jaya got the best possible treatment,

Counsel said the commission was giving a fair opportunity to all sides in the hearing.

The Apollo hospital in its main prayer sought quashing of the GO of September 2017 relating to the adequacy of treatment given to Jayalalitha, contending that was scope of the Commission of Enquiry Act.