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Jayalalithaa death probe: SC stays inquiry commission proceedings

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing an appeal by Apollo Hospitals challenging the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 26, 2019 3:49:01 pm
SC puts on hold Jayalalithaa death inquiry over Apollo petition Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, after being treated at Apollo Hospital for 75 days from September 22 for various ailments. (File Photo)

The Supreme Court Friday stayed proceedings of an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The late AIADMK chief had passed away at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in December 2016. Read in Tamil

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi was hearing an appeal by Apollo Hospitals challenging the April 4 order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the ongoing inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital.

“Notice. Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission,” the bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

On April 4, the Madras High Court had rejected Apollo Hospital’s objections to an inquiry commission set up to probe the death of Jayalalithaa looking into aspects of treatment given to her.

The high court had refused to stall proceedings of the commission. It had disposed of the petition filed by the hospital seeking to quash the government orders which laid down terms and reference of the probe panel. It had also rejected the prayer of the hospital for setting up a medical board to assist the panel during the inquiry.

The Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry was empowered and entitled to go into the appropriateness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa during her 75-day hospitalisation in 2016.

Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, after being treated for various ailments at Apollo for 75 days from September 22.

In September 2017, the state government had constituted the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry to probe the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and also the treatment provided by the hospital until her demise.

-With PTI and ENS inputs

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