Observing that the people of Tamil Nadu have the right to know the health status of their Chief Minister, Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the Tamil Nadu government for details on Jayalalithaa’s health.
The court’s announcement came amid the opposition pressures by raising questions on who is running the government in absence of the CM.
The court was hearing a PIL by social activist, Ramaswamy, seeking to declare the “real” status of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with material proofs before the court.
Ramaswamy filed a PIL on Monday asking for a clarification on the chief minister’s health, saying that the public had a right to know whether she was conscious and able to hold important meetings.
“AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa is holding public office, and therefore her state of health must be clarified by government officials before October 6,” the HC said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Tamil Nadu CM has been admitted and is under treatment for around 12 days at Apollo Hospital in Chennai after complaints of fever and dehydration.
The private hospital on Monday had released a bulletin saying the health of the chief minister ‘continues to improve.’
“The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection,” said the bulletin. After a week, a specialist doctor from London, UK was also flown in to monitor Jayalalithaa’s condition.
In the last few days, DMDK leader Captain Vijayakanth also demanded that the state government should reveal her ‘actual’ health status.
On September 39, DMK chief M Karunanidhi has urged the state government to immediately take steps to put an end to rumours surrounding her health status by releasing a photograph of the chief minister from the hospital.
The DMK chief told the state governor to ensure a transparent system to inform people about Jayalalithaa’s actual health status.