Probe into Jaya’s death: Centre, TN state told to file counter-affidavits

The Madras HC wondered whether the health details of Jayalalithaa should be made public, merely because she occupied a public office.

Probe into Jaya’s death: Centre, TN state told to file counter-affidavits

The Madras High Court on Monday directed the Central and State governments to file their counter-affidavits on a public interest litigation petition filed by an AIADMK cadre seeking a probe into the “mysterious” death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

The petitioner, PA Joseph, prayed the court to appoint a committee comprising retired Supreme Court judges to probe her death, The Hindu reported.

The First Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice M Sundar wondered whether the health details of Jayalalithaa should be made public, merely because she occupied a public office. It posted the petition to February 23 for the Central and the State governments to file their respective counter affidavits.

Denying the allegations of any “mystery” in the death of Jayalalithaa, senior advocate PS Raman, who represented Apollo Hospitals, where she was treated, said, a complete discharge summary of Jayalalithaa was ready with the hospital, and they were ready to place it in the court.