The Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry that looked into circumstances surrounding the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, has found that her close aide VK Sasikala; her doctor KS Sivakumar; then Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan and former Health Minister C Vijayabaskar are ‘at fault’.
The report was tabled in the Assembly on Tuesday, recommending further investigations into their role.
“Dr. YVC Reddy and Dr Babu Abraham (of Apollo Hospitals) have treated late chief minister all along and though they invited Bombay, UK and USA doctors and got opinion from them, apart from R.2 hospital’s (Apollo Hospitals) own doctor, suggesting for doing angio/surgery, they successfully threw it to the wind on the pretext of postponing it, to achieve their aim under some pressure. Hence, investigation is to be ordered,” the report said.
“Regarding Rama Mohana Rao, then Chief Secretary, except that he has not addressed a letter and intimated to the Government regarding his signature in 21 forms on various dates for the procedural aspects, the Commission finds criminality against him; of course, it is a man-made vital lapse and he would reap the consequences, especially because the life of late chief minister was involved. Hence, investigation is to be ordered,” the report added.
On Dr. Pratap C Reddy, Chairman of [Apollo] hospital, the Commission said that he did not give real facts about Jayalalithaa’s treatment.
The Commission of Inquiry submitted its report to the State government on August 27. This was discussed at the Cabinet meeting on August 28, in which it was decided to place the report in the Assembly.
The Commission has considered the report given by the AIIMS Medical Board and noticed that they have only copied the treatment summary and given an opinion. The commission could not accept the report of the medical board, says an order issued by Chief Secretary V Irai Anbu.
Considering that the Commission had disagreed with certain aspects of the AIIMS Doctors Committee’s report, it was decided to initiate appropriate action on the Commission of Inquiry report’s recommendations against certain individuals, after obtaining the considered opinion of legal experts, the order said.