Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader MK Stalin on Thursday demanded a white paper or a formal report on former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s death from the state government, ANI reported. Stalin, the son of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, also sought a detailed report from the Centre on the treatment given to Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5 after she suffered a cardiac arrest the previous day.
The DMK had previously demanded details on Jayalalithaa’s health after she was hospitalised on September 22. Stalin’s demand came a day after a Chennai-based non-governmental organisation moved the Supreme Court seeking an investigation into Jayalalithaa’s treatment and death. The organisation, Telugu Yuva Sakshi, filed a Public Interest Litigation urging the top court to order a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation into the matter. The petitioner also asked for the court’s directions to recover all medical documents related to the deceased leader’s treatment.
Questions have been raised about Jayalalithaa’s treatment and subsequent death. Tamil actor Gautami Tadimalla on December 9 said the mystery shrouding late chief minister’s last days hinted at a conspiracy. In a blog addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she had raised questions about the “secrecy” around Jayalalithaa’s 75-day stay at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital and her treatment. The speculation comes on the same day as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala Natarajan will be the new chief of the party.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration. During her stay, the facility had released a number of bulletins that gave only a sketchy idea of Jayalalithaa’s health. She died days after the AIADMK announced that their party chief had recovered and could be released any day to return to her chief ministerial duties.