Justice (Retd) Arumugasamy will head the inquiry into the circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on December 5 last year after 75 days of treatment at corporate Apollo Hospitals in Chennai
Referring to DMK Working President M K Stalin’s appeal for a CBI probe into former chief minister’s treatment and death, Dhinakaran claimed such a demand was being made ever since the “wrong campaign” against Sasikala by them and others was fading.
The party’s merged factions under Edappadi Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam on Tuesday declared late chief minister J Jayalalithaa as AIADMK’s “permanent” general secretary.
After releasing the CDs, the minister told reporters that one of the CDs contained Jayalalithaa’s speech in 2011 in the party General Council, warning of action against those who maintained any truck with Sasikala and other expelled relatives of hers.
Deepa said she has the “moral and legal rights” to stake claim to the Poes Garden property and termed the announcement by the chief minister a “drama” while alleging that there was some motive behind it.
Palaniswami’s announcements indicated that the talks between the EPS and OPS factions — which broke down and were revived several times in the last few months — were progressing well.
Veda Nilayam, the residence of Jayalalithaa was occupied by her till her hospitalisation in September last year. Post her death, her close aid, V K Sasikala lived here until she was jailed in the The Disproportionate Assets case.
Additionally, the chief minister has announced that Veda Nilayam, the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa, will be turned into a memorial dedicated to her life and career.
The rally comes at a time when the two factions, led by Chief Minister E K Palaniswami and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, seem set to seal a merger deal by ousting Sasikala and her family from the party.
P Saravanan submitted that the state Health Secretary had played a vital role in the treatment provided to Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals, where a government doctor, had attested Jayalalithaa’s left thumb impression on some documents including election documents.
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar wondered why Kamal Haasan had not levelled such allegations when late chief minister J Jayalalithaa was alive and questioned why he was speaking out now.
Panneerselvam reiterated that his party’s “dharma yudh” would continue till the ‘mysterious knots’ in the death of Jayalalithaa were removed. Panneerselvam-led AIADMK faction had on March 8 staged a one-day fast here and in the district capitals, demanding an independent probe into the demise of Jayalalithaa.
Making suo motu announcements in the state assembly covering the IT department among others, Palaniswami said Tele Education and Tele Medicine Services will also be provided to the selected village under this scheme.
Accountant Dinesh Kumar’s death comes nearly two-and-a-half months after a security guard of the estate was found murdered on April 24 this year. One of the suspects in the case, Jayalalithaa’s driver Kanakaraj, died in a road mishap on April 29 in Salem.
The body of Kumar, one of the three accountants attached to the estate which used to be J Jayalalithaa’s retreat, was taken to Kothagiri Government hospital, where a postmortem would be carried out tomorrow, police said.