Jaya probe panel gets 4-month extension

Jaya probe panel gets 4-month extension

Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam shows a photograph which was first meet with AIADMK late Supremo J Jayalalithaa. PTI

Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission going into the “circumstances and situation” leading to hospitalisation of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and her demise has been granted four months extension by the state government.

The commission, whose tenure ended on Wednesday, has been given extension till February 24, 2019, which happens to be the 71st birth anniversary of the former chief minister. This is the fourth extension that has been granted to the commission.

The commission has so far examined more than 100 witnesses, including the then chief secretary P Ramamohana Rao, then Chennai police commissioner S George, V K Sasikala’s family members and other government officials.

Sasikala, the jailed AIADMK leader, has submitted a voluminous affidavit in which she had spoken in detail about “massive stress” that the former chief minister endured after a trial court in Bengaluru convicted her in the disproportionate assets (DA) case in 2014 leading to deterioration in her health.

The commission has been mandated to inquire into the “circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation of the late chief minister on September 22, 2016 and subsequent treatment provided till her unfortunate demise on December 5, 2016.”