Madras HC rejects petition of Apollo Hospital seeking stay on Jayalalithaa death probe proceedings

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CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday rejected a petition filed by the Apollo Hospitals Enterprises Ltd which sought an interim stay on the proceedings of the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission’s proceeding until a medical board is formed in connection with former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death probe.


The next date of hearing in the matter is scheduled on February 15.

On February 9, Apollo Hospital had approached the Madras High Court seeking an interim stay on the proceedings of the panel probing the death of Jayalalithaa.

The single-member Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission is probing the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Levelling a series of allegations against the Arumugam Swamy commission, Apollo has said that the commission has concluded prematurely that the hospital is at wrong.

“The real danger of prejudice and bias is apparent in the manner in which the probe panel is conducting the examination of witnesses”, a petition filed by the hospital read.

In its petition, the hospital had alleged that the Jayalalithaa death probe panel is going beyond its brief and in lack of expertise to understand complex medical conditions.

In an affidavit filed to the Arumughaswamy Commission, the hospital raised the demand citing that errors crept in due to the inability of s typist to comprehend and type correct medical terms.

Apollo Hospital further said that words like ‘intubation’ were recorded as ‘incubation’ and other fatal errors.

The hospital has also filed a writ petition urging the High Court to appoint an independent medical board comprising specialist doctors not associated with the State government to probe issues pertaining to treatment provided to Jayalalithaa.

In December, last year, the hospital had petitioned the commission to bring 21 specialists on board and set up a medical board to examine Jayalalithaa’s medical records. But the Commission had turned down the request.

Jayalalitha was taken to Apollo Hospital on September 22, 2016, and treated in the hospital for 75 days before she died there due to cardiac arrest on December 5, 2016.

Ever since Jayalalithaa died, the former AIDMK leader's death is mired in a controversy with allegations of foul play flying thick.

In September 2017, Justice A Arumughaswamy was appointed to head the probe into the death of the former Chief Minister.

 

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