Ex-Governor says Jaya was sedated when he saw her

Ch Vidyasagar Rao

Chennai:  Former Tamilnadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, in his letter to former president Pranab Mukerjee, dated 6 October 2016, said former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was under sedation when he visited the hospital to look her up.

Letters written by Vidyasagar Rao during Jayalalithaa’s hospitalaisation and after her demise were submitted to the Arumughaswamy commission that is probing her death.

The letters were submitted after the commission recently summoned Vidyasagar Rao.

In the letter, Vidyasagar Rao has said, “There was wide speculation about the health condition of Jayalalithaa. The party cadres who thronged the hospital gates became restless. Wild rumours started flowing, especially through social media.”

He further said considering the situation, he came to Chennai 1 October and visited Apollo Hospitals.

J Jayalalithaa

“I interacted with the Chairman of Apollo Hospitals and the team of doctors attending to the Chief Minister and ascertained the details of the treatment being given to her and visited the Chief Minister in the ward where she was being treated. She was under sedation at that time,” he mentioned in his letter.

He added that he instructed the Chief Secretary to ensure that the hospital issues regular bulletins about the health of the Chief Minister and to keep a close watch on the law and order situation in the State.

“After my visit, Apollo Hospitals has been issuing press releases regularly,” he said.

He also said the Opposition parties, till then wishing speedy recovery of Jayalalithaa, urged the government to come out with a status report on her health.

NT Bureau