The justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry , probing the circumstance leading to former chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death, has summoned three doctors of AIIMS , who examined her at the Apollo Hospital here, to appear before it on August 23 and 24.
The commission has summoned G C Khilnani of the Deprtment of Pulmonogy , Anjan Trikha, Profession of Anesthesiology , and Nitish Nayak Professor at the Department of Cardiology.
The doctors had periodically examined Jayalaithaa when she was undergoing treatment at thee Apollo Hospital between Sep 22 and Dec 5, 2016.
The expert doctors from the AIIMS will be examined as the commission’s witness on both the days, panel sources told PTI.
The sources added, Summonses have already been served on them and they have accepted,
So far the commission’s 75 witness and seven who had voluntarily petitioned the panel have been examined. Of them , over 30 have been cross-examined by aounxels for V K Sasikala, the Jailed aide of late AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa.
It may be recalled that examined witness include over a dozen doctors, retires and serving government officials and police officers. In Sept 2017, the Tamil Nadu government constituted the panel under the Commission of Inquiry Act , 1952.
The panel’s terms of reference was to inquiry into the circumstance leading to the hospitalization of Jayalaithaa on Sept 22, 2016, and treatment provided by the hospital till her demise on the Dec 5, 2016.
The commission had invited all those having “personal knowledge and direct acquaintance” in the matter to furnish information to it.
Following Jayalaithaa’s death , ,suspicion on the circumstance leading to her demise was raised by several people, including the present Deputy Chief Minister O Panneersevam and his followers, then a rebel party leader, Panneerselvam and his followers had demanded a probe into her death, either a judicial inquiry or CBI probe.
After unification of the factions led by Chief Minister K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam , the governemtn notified constituting the panel .
The probe was a key precondition put forth by the panneerselvam panel for the merger, DMK Working President M K Stalin had batted for a CBI probe as well.