The commission probing the death of former Tamil Nadu CM and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa, led by former justice Arumugasamy, in its 608-page-long report has ordered an inquiry against Sasikala, former Health Minister Vijayabaskar, former Health Secretary Radhakrishnan and doctor Sivakumar. 

Jayalalithaa died on December 4, 2016, after suffering a cardiac arrest around 4:45 PM IST. The hospital in a press statement said that the 68-year-old’s condition was ‘very critical’ and she was on life support. Her death was announced around 11:30 PM on December 5. 

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In the report, the Arumugasamy Commission concluded that Jayalalithaa and close aide VK Sasikala were not on good terms, NDTV reported. 

The commission was set up in 2017 when Jayalalithaa’s party, the AIDMK, governed Tamil Nadu. It was made to investigate the conspiracy theories around the former CM’s illness and treatment at Apollo Hospital, and legal claims. 

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MK Stalin’s DMK came to power in Tamil Nadu in 2021. It promised that it would ensure Ms Jayalalthaa’s death was investigated in detail. Justice A Arumughaswamy’s report was presented to the government in August.

“The cabinet has decided to take the opinion of legal experts on the (Commission) report recommending ordering government inquiry against (those) including VK Sasikala, Sivakumar, the then Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and the then Chief Secretary Rama Mohana Rao and take due action, and after doing so, place it before the Tamil Nadu Assembly with a report,” a release from CM’s office earlier said, as reported by PTI.

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Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in September said that the Arumugasamy Commission began to function properly only after the DMK formed the government and a report that was submitted after five years of working on August 27 pointed to “many problems”.