While investigation on the death of J Jayalalitha after she collapsed in the washroom of her Chennai home on September 22, 2016, her longtime close companion Sasikala said before a former high court judge Justice A Arumughaswamy, in the course of investigation that Jayalalitha refused to go to the hospital after she collapsed in the washroom. She also added that Jayalalitha had been videographed four times in a lucid state while she was hospitalized for three months, and senior AIADMK leaders including O Panneerselvam and M Thambidurai and two security officers also met and spoke with Jayalalitha. Anyhow the senior leaders refused to admit that they have met Jayalalitha in the hospital saying that they were refused to give access to her.
Sasikala at present serving a sentence of four years of imprisonment for corruption stated that Jayalalitha regained her senses while she was being taken to the hospital, and questioned where she is being taken to. In her affidavit she narrated the incidents that she was under too much of stress due to the conviction in the corruption case, when she fell unconscious in washroom around 9.30 PM on September 22, 2016. She called out for Sasikala to help, but she refused to get moved to a hospital when Sasikala suggested so and passed out. Sasikala then called the doctor KS Sivakumar, Sasikala’s relative for an ambulance.
On December 2016 Jayalalitha died in Chennai’s Apollo hospital, but questions arose due to the secrecy and limited access to her during the period. Soon after her death, the AIADMK confronted a power tussled with Sasikala inheriting her as party chief and ordered subsequently O Panneerselvam, who had been made the interim chief minister, to make her way for that.
The section under the leadership of O Panneerselvam revolted against this step of Sasikala and demanded an investigation into how Jayalalitha died and details of her treatment. CM E Palaniswami did set up an inquiry which merged with the lobby of the O Pannerselvam.
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