April 26, 2019
New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the one judge enquiry committee probing the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa to stop its proceedings. Passing an order on a petition filed by the Apollo Hospital, the Apex Court reversed the Madras High Court order that rejected objections of the hospital into the enquiry by the single judge probe committee headed by Justice A Arumughaswamy.
Jayalalithaa had passed away after prolonged hospitalisation on December 5, 2016. The other members of the SC bench were Justice Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
The Madras High Court had on April 4 rejected the plea of the Apollo Hospital objecting to the probe and quash government orders relating to the committee. The high court also threw out a prayer by the hospital that a medical board be set up to assist the probe committee.
The one-man probe commission was mandated with inquiry into the appropriateness, efficacy, adequacy or inadequacy of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa during her 75-day hospitalisation.
The probe committee, the TN government had set up Justice Arumughaswamy commission of inquiry into circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation as also the treatment given to the former chief minister. No one, including VIPs visiting the hospital, were allowed to visit Jayalalithaa.