An FIR has been filed against a woman named Tamizachi, an NRI residing in France, for spreading alleged rumours on social networking sites about the health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment.
“Based on the complaint from AIADMK IT Wing, Chennai Police files an FIR against a lady for spreading rumours about TN CM Amma’s health,” AIADMK said in a tweet.
Tamizachi wrote on her Facebook wall on Thursday that she had received information from reliable sources that Jayalalithaa died two days ago, according to a news report.
On September 22, Jayalalithaa was admitted to Chennai Apollo Hospital as she was suffering from high fever. The next day, the hospital had released a statement, claiming that her fever has subsided and is back to normalcy and would be kept under observation for a few more days. No other credible report on her health has yet been released.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Friday 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.
On Thursday night, Subbiah Viswanathan, chief operating officer of Apollo Hospitals, in a statement, said: “Necessary evaluation tests are being carried out. The Honourable Chief Minister has been advised a few days’ stay in the hospital for recuperative treatment.”
The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, in his statement on Facebook, said “Jayalalithaa has been undergoing treatment in Apollo hospital for a week for fever and dehydration, as reported by a hospital bulletin last week.”
“Meantime, there were also reports that she had met officials and leaders in the hospital to discuss on Cauvery issue and that she herself ‘dictated’ the statement on Cauvery issue for the meeting held in Delhi. When there was a practice of issuing photographs of such meetings earlier, no such photos of her meeting in the hospital were released so far. Many of her cadres and followers remain upset about her actual health status. Still nobody has taken an effort to release her photo from the hospital,” he said.
Karunanidhi added that lack of transparency about her health status helps to spread wild rumours among public.