An investigation into the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa was ordered by the Arumugasamy Commission against Sasikala, former health minister Vijayabaskar, former health secretary J. Radhakrishnan, and physician Sivakumar. 

The report was initially given to Chief Minister MK Stalin by the panel. The committee was established by the state government to look into the late chief minister’s hospitalization beginning on September 22, 2016.

Several observations were made in the Arumugasamy Commission report that was presented to the assembly. The investigation questioned why Dr. Richard Beale was willing to send the then-CM abroad for treatment and yet the late CM was not. It also questioned why, given her cardiac condition, the angio was not done.

Who is J. Radhakrishnan?

J. Radhakrishnan, born on September 16 1966 in Madras, is an Indian civil servant and administrator. He attended school in Kanpur, Chandigarh, Nashik, and Deolali before earning a first class degree in veterinary science from Bangalore. After graduating, Radhakrishnan pursued a career in veterinary science (Animal Breeding and Genetics).

In 1992, Radhakrishnan qualified for the Indian Administrative Services. On August 9, 1994, he was appointed Sub-Collector of Tuticorin after completing his initial training.

 From 1996 to 1999, he worked as the Deputy Secretary of Finance for Tamil Nadu. Then, from March 1999 to March 2000, he was the Commissioner of Land Revenue and District Administration for the Chennai district. Subsequent to that, from March 2000 to July 2001, he was Chennai’s district administrator before being named Collector of the Salem district in July 2001.

While he was the district collector for Salem, he led a successful campaign against the social ill of infanticide, from July 1, 2001, to July 15, 2003.

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Radhakrishnan received international media attention for the first time in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, when his relief efforts aided in the quick recovery of Thanjavur district.

He presently serves as the health secretary of Tamil Nadu in India.