The Arumugasamy Commission made headlines once again on Tuesday, October 18, when retired Justice Arumugasamy, who was appointed in the single-member commission to investigate the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa ordered an investigation into Sasikala and others.

Apart from former AIADMK general secretary, the Arumugasamy Commission also ordered probes into former Health Minister of Tamil Nadu, Vijayabaskar, as well as Health Secretary Radhakrishnan and doctor Sivakumar.

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What is Arumugasamy Commission?

The Arumugasamy Commission is a single-member inquiry commission set up by the Tamil Nadu government in 2017 to investigate the death of former state Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa. The commission has only one member, former high court judge Justice Arumugasamy, who submitted his report to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin in October 2022.

The inquiry commission was appointed by the state government following allegations by a state minister that AIADMK leaders lied about the health condition of the party chief. J Jayalalithaa died at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai after undergoing treatment for 75 days, on December 5, 2016.

Following the death of Jayalalithaa, many allegations regarding the cause of her death were made. Medical procedures which were followed in admitting her into the hospital were also questioned by many. This resulted in then-Tamil Nadu CM O Pannerselvam requesting an investigation into the incident, which led to the creation of the Arumughaswamy Commission.

The inquiry commission was set up to investigate the circumstances of the death of Jayalalithaa. The final report that was submitted to the current Tamil Nadu CM in October 2022 had 608 pages written in Tamil and a 500-page long English report.

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The Arumughaswamy Commission interviewed 159 witnesses in connection with Jayalalithaa, whose testimonies were recorded and used to make the final report.

“159 witnesses and petitioners were examined while reporting the file. The report is submitted and now it is up to the government to take the decision whether it will be released or not,” retired Justice Aarumugasami revealed.