TN govt appoints justice Arumughaswamy to probe Amma's death; Dhinakaran to produce video for probe

tamil-nadu | Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
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Highlights
  • The order comes almost a month after CM Palaniswami announced that his government will set up an inquiry panel, headed by a retired judge to probe into the circumstances leading to the demise of J Jayalalithaa. 
  • Dhinakaran claims that a video was shot by Sasikala at the Apollo hospital, showing Amma watching TV in her room.
  • On asking why he did not talk about the video earlier, Dhinakaran said he did not want to degrade Amma's dignity since she was wearing a nighty.

To probe the death of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the Tamil Nadu government on Monday appointed retired Madras HC judge Justice A Arumughaswamy. The order comes almost a month after CM Palaniswami announced that his government will set up an inquiry panel, headed by a retired judge to probe into the circumstances leading to the demise of J Jayalalithaa. 

Currently, a brief statement from the information department has been released, which states, "A government order has been issued to set up an inquiry commission headed by retired judge of the high court Justice Arumughaswamy to probe Jayalalithaa's death and submit a report."

Meanwhile, as the announcement was made, TTV Dhinakaran, the sidelined AIADMK leader and nephew of V K Sasikala revealed that Sasikala had shot a video of the ailing CM watching TV. This was proof of the fact that she was receiving good treatment at the hospital. He also said that the video was shot at Jayalalithaa's insistence over her weight loss. 

According to a Times of India report, Dhinakaran also said, "Sasikala has given permission to me to submit the footage to an inquiry committee set up for the purpose."

On asking why the video was not brought forth during investigations, Dhinakaran said, "We have the video recordings but we didn't want to degrade her (Jayalalithaa’s) dignity as she was wearing a night dress. My aunt (Sasikala) didn't permit us to use it except for a judicial probe. She had shot a video of Jayalalithaa watching television." He further said that he was ready to hand over the video to the probe panel. 

Meanwhile, political observers said that if a video existed, it should have been submitted to the probe panel earlier. 

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