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Apollo Hospitals moves Madras high court to stop Jayalalithaa death probe panel from looking into her treatment | India News


CHENNAI: Apollo Hospitals has moved the Madras high court pleading for an interim stay on the proceedings of the Justice (retd) A Arumughaswamy commission relating to the medical treatment given to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

It has sought a direction to stop the commission of inquiry (CoI) from probing the adequacy or correctness of the medical treatment given to her during her hospitalisation in September-December 2016.

The hospital has stated that the commission has gone beyond the scope of its terms and reference and behaved in a partial manner to fasten liability on Apollo Hospitals alleging medical negligence in Jayalalithaa’s treatment.

Accusing the COI of having launched a “roving and fishing inquiry” into the correctness, adequacy and appropriateness of the treatment, the hospital said the commission has no sanction for such a probe nor the expertise to look into medical records and treatment related aspects.

The plea comes a month after a counsel for the CoI alleged in a petition before the Commission that Tamil Nadu health secretary J Radhakrishnan colluded and conspired with Apollo Hospitals and “inappropriate treatment” was provided to her. Both had denied the allegations.

The writ petition is likely to be heard on Monday by a division bench of Justice R Subbiah and Justice Krishnan R.

The hospital has also filed a separate writ petition seeking to appoint an independent medical board of specialist doctors which are not associated with any of the parties involved (state government or Apollo) and give a report directly to the high court.

The Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry was set up in 2017 to “inquire into the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation on September 22, 2016 and subsequent treatment provided to the leader till her demise on December 5, 2016.”



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