Jayalalithaa death probe panel summons Tamil Nadu DCM O Panneerselvam

Justice Arumughaswamy Commission, which is investigating the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has sumoned Deputy Chief Miniser O Panneerselvam, UK doctor Richard Beale, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai to appear before it for interrogation.

Earlier, Panneerselvam was summoned by the commission on December 20. Notably, he was  one of the first AIADMK leaders, who had demanded a probe into the circumstances surrounding Jayalalithaa’s death. That was the condition for him to join hands with present chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

In his first public comments on February 8 last year on Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation, Panneerselvam, then Chief Minister, had said he could not meet her even once during her 75-day hospitalisation. In September 2017, the state government constituted the panel under the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952.

The panel’s terms of reference were to inquire into the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation on September 22, 2016, and treatment provided till her death on December 5, 2016.

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