For 74 days, Jayalalithaa underwent treatment in the Apollo Hospital before breathing her last on December 5, 2016 from a cardiac arrest. Yet there are people who are questioning what led to the death of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister.
There has been a stoic silence from AIADMK, Sasikala and her loyalists, the local media, and the Apollo Hospital staff over what Jayalalithaa was suffering from exactly. Despite repeated inquiries no one has an idea of what happened to Amma, as she was popularly called.
This conspiracy of silence led to demands of a CBI probe into her death. At the same time, multiple theories around her death started doing the rounds of the internet. One of them was this screenshot of a newspaper which claimed that Jayalalithaa was poisoned.
In fact, on December 28, Shihhan Hussaini, one of Jayalalithaa’s loyalists, had alleged that she was poisoned. “Everyone knows that Jayalalithaa was murdered. We want to find out who was the conspirator,” he had said.
Rama Seetha, a nutritionist, was arrested on Saturday by cops for claiming that Jayalalithaa had no pulse when she was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22.
The police acted on a complaint filed against Seetha by Apollo Hospital.
Seetha had made the alleged remark at a function held in support of Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar.
A video in which she made the allegation was published by Dinamalar, a leading Tamil daily. It should be noted that having no pulse does not mean that the person is dead.
She had also alleged that 20 days after her hospitalisation, arrangements had already been made for her burial at MGR memorial.
TOI reports that Seetha told the police that she made the statement to gain Deepa’s attention and secure a berth in her new political outfit.
She has been charged under IPC Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation), 153 (deliberately giving provocative statement with intent to cause riot) and 505 (statement conducive to public mischief).
Sasikala is currently serving the remaining term of her prison sentence.