November 24, 2017
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Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday summons to Jail superintendent of Parappana Agrahara jail in Bengaluru to show the finger print records of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa for comparing them with the thumb impression on poll documents in nomination papers of AIADMK candidates in byelections to assembly held last year.
The Bengaluru jail official has been asked to be present in the Madras High Court on December 8 along with finger print records. V Arun, Counsel for DMK candidate for P Saravanan, the DMK candidate for the Thirupparankundram assembly constituency, said that the High Court had also asked the central government to provide aadhar details of Jayalalithaa, if any.
The prison authorities in Bengaluru jail will have finger print records and these will be compared with the imprints in the poll papers, advocate Arun said.
She was in the Bengaluru prison after she was convicted in disproportionate assets case by a trial court in 2014 and after three weeks in prison was out on bail. She was admitted to Apollo hospital for treatment of dehydration and fever in September and died after prolonged hospitalisation on December 5 2016..
Jayalalithaa had an inflamed right hand as she had undergone tracheostomy. She had to affix her left thumb impression in the poll documents submitted by an AIADMK candidate, the doctor attending on her said who authenticated the signature in Form B of a candidat’s election symbol.
The by-polls in Aravakurichi, Thanjavur and Thiruparankundram assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu were slated for November 19, 2016 and the ruling AIADMK candidates had filed their papers.
The thumb impression of Jayalalithaa was attested by a government doctor, P Balaji. “Since the signatory has undergone tracheostomy recently and has an inflamed right hand, she is temporarily unable to affix her signature. Hence, she has affixed her left thumb impression on her own in my presence,” the doctor said and another doctor working with Apollo Hospitals signed as a witness.