Petition For Inquiry Into Death of Former TN Chief

Many of us in Tamil Nadu have been wondering about the death of former Chief Minister, the hugely popular but autocratic ex-film star and dancer, Jayalalitha.

Known as Amma, the charismatic leader had been arrested on “disproportionate assets” charges at the time she was admitted to hospital for dehydration.

She seemed to have got better but was suddenly sent back to ICU for a cardiac arrest, to which she eventually succumbed.

The unexpected relapse and the secrecy around her end have fueled speculation about foul play only aggravated by the BJP government’s shockingly militarized tax raid on the TN chief secretary whom she had directly appointed. Now, cases have been filed to open an inquiry into her death:

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister died on December 5 and not satisfied with the authorities view about the cause of death, a petition was filed in Chennai High Court by AIADMK cadre seeking 3 member bench to investigate Jayalalithaa’s death. The petition is to be heard tomorrow. Jayalalithaa, popularly known as “Amma” among her supporters, breathed her last at Chennai’s Apollo Hospitals on December 5 where she was admitted on September 22 with fever and dehydration. Last week too, Chennai-based NGO, filed a Public interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court that raised doubt over the circumstances in which Jayalalithaa died.”

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