The Supreme Court on 5 December rejected a plea by expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa and an NGO seeking CBI or a judicial probe into the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. A bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said that a similar petition is pending before the Madras High Court.
"We are not inclined to entertain the matter as a similar one is already pending before the Madras High Court. The petitions are dismissed," the bench said.
The apex court, besides Pushpa's plea, also dismissed a writ petition of an NGO on similar lines. "What are we supposed to do here? You have filed a petition under Article 32 (violation of fundamental rights of citizens by the State) of the Constitution... We will dismiss these petitions, and if you press further, we will impose costs on you," the bench told the petitioners' side.
Pushpa had moved the Supreme Court on 18 December, 2016 alleging that former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's death was "suspicious" as her actual medical condition was not disclosed, no one was allowed to visit her, her funeral photographs showed embalming marks and everything from her hospitalisation to her death "was kept under wraps".
She had sought directions to the Centre, the Tamil Nadu government and Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, to disclose details of her health report and treatment in a sealed cover to the apex court.
A similar plea was filed by Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi claiming that doubts have been raised over the circumstances of the AIADMK leader's death and her medical reports needed to be examined by experts.
Earlier in December, Firstpost had reported that a leaked email from a senior journalist quoted the Apollo management as saying that the late chief minister was on "wrong diabetes medicines" before being hospitalised in September.
"What has added grist to conspiracy theories surrounding Jaya’s illness and death, is an email, allegedly written by senior journalist and NDTV consulting editor Barkha Dutt, to various email addresses within the private news channel. The email written by Dutt passes on information to the channel on 'off record' details given to her by 'one of the Apollo Reddy sisters' who form part of the management of the hospital, alongwith their father Pratap C Reddy. In the email, Dutt is alleged to have written – “she was being given wrong medicine for diabetes… before she was brought to them…” – the ‘she’ being referred to in the email is Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the intervening night of 4-5 December, a few hours before this email was purportedly written."
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 15:16 PM