Madras High Court on October 4 directed the Tamil Nadu government to provide details on Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s condition as it “will reduce the anxiety of the people”.
The High Court further asked the Tamil Nadu government to get back to them on the issue by October 5 and issue an official release as soon as possible.
Jayalalithaa has been undergoing treatment at a hospital since 22 September and despite repeated request by the opposition, the state government till now has refused to release an official statement with regards to her health.
The High Court was hearing a PIL filed by social activist ‘Traffic’ Ramaswamy when they orally made the observation.
Ramaswamy via his PIL had sought a detailed report from the government on the “real status” of Jayalalithaa’s health.
He further sought to know whether Jayalalithaa was “in sound health” as it is important with regards to taking “important decisions” and hold meetings of officials and ministers.
The High Court observed that even though the hospital was releasing bulletins, being the chief minister of the state, an official release will help to reduce “anxiety”.