Jaya death: Minister C Ve Shanmugam raises serious doubts

Chennai: “Why was Amma (former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa) not given Angioplasty? What stopped the doctors from giving treatment and who told them not to give Angio?” These were some of the questions raised by Minister for Law, Courts and Prisons, C Ve Shanmugam today, who expressed his doubts over the medical treatment given to the AIADMK supremo when she was hospitalised before her death in 2016.

Speaking to reporters in Villupuram, the Minister said that there was a mystery surrounding former Chief Minister’s death. He said, “If proper treatment was given to Puratchi Thalaivi, she was would have been alive today. Why wasn’t she taken abroad for better treatment?.”

Targetting the Health Minister and top government officials, Shanmugam said, “Health Minister Vijaya Bhaskar, Health secretary Radhakrishnan and the then Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao should be taken into police custody and questioned for the truth to come out.”

Shanmugam also hit out at the Sasikala family, saying, “Why weren’t any of the Cabinet Ministers allowed to visit Jayalalitha. Only individuals from a particular family met Jayalalithaa at the time. Was that the family which ate idly and dosa worth Rs 1 crore?”

Apollo recently submitted a report to the one-man enquiry commission probing Jalayalithaa’s death that close to Rs 1 crore was spent on food during her stay at the hospital premises. The Minister called for a Special investigation committee to be formed to probe the case in addition to the Arumugaswamy commission to find out the truth.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Radhakrishnan today denied the allegations made by Shanmugam and said he was not required to reply to the Minister.

NT Bureau