October 4, 2016
Chennai: The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu government to submit a report on the chief minister’s health condition on Thursday before listing a petition seeking details of the medical condition of Jayalalithaa, filed by activist Traffic Ramaswamy.
“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 an observation after posting the petition for hearing on Thursday.
The Madras High Court directed Tamil Nadu Additional Advocate General to get instructions from the government on the health condition, Absence of credible information and visual proof, a spate of rumors are doing the rounds, which the police is trying to contain and prevent through a crackdown.
But there is no end to rumors if not on social media, then through word of mouth and her health has become the talking point everywhere.
There is no end to wild allegations on social media as well with a France based author posting objectionable material on her facebook. Police have lodged cases against her and three others for spreading false information about CM’s health.
It is amidst these circumstances that KR “Traffic” Ramaswamy filed a PIL on Monday seeking a clarification on the chief minister’s health as the people had a right to know if their CM was conscious and also carry out the functions of the job.
When the government representative sought to downplay the plea, by saying that the hospital was coming out with regular medical bulletins, the High Court stepped in asked the government to come up with details on her health after consultations with the government.
Incidentally DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi had also sought visual proof of her well being, for which he was pilloried by the AIADMK.
AIADMK leader Panruti Ramachandran had said that there was no need to respond to Karunanidhi as they were answerable to the people and not to opposition.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo hospital in Chennai on September 22 over high fever and dehydration.
The hospital on Monday admitted that the six-time CM had been on a respirator, and had been treated for an “infection”.