Tamil Nadu Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam on Monday dropped a bombshell in the state's political arena, by making shocking charges on the circumstances that led to the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Talking to journalists in Villupuram, he asked, “Why was Amma (former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa) not given Angioplasty? What stopped the doctors from giving treatment and who told them not to give Angio?”
Alleging that there was a mystery surrounding Jayalalithaa's death, the AIADMK strongman said, “If proper treatment was given to Puratchi Thalaivi, she was would have been alive today. Why wasn’t she taken abroad for better treatment?.”
He added: "Health Minister Vijaya Bhaskar, Health secretary Radhakrishnan and the then Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao should be taken into police custody and questioned for the truth to come out.”
Coming down heavily on the family of Jayalalithaa's close aide V K Sasikala, Shanmugam said, "Why weren’t any of the Cabinet Ministers allowed to visit Jayalalitha. Only individuals from a particular family met Jayalalithaa at the time. Was that the family which ate idly and dosa worth Rs 1 crore?”
Monday's press meet by Shanmugam has come close on the heels of a petition getting filed before a Commission of Inquiry probing the death of J Jayalalithaa by its counsel, raising serious medical issues regarding her treatment at the Apollo Hospital.