Jayalalithaa death controversy: Tamil Nadu government makes Amma's medical records public

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The Tamil Nadu government on Monday put all medical records of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the public domain thereby putting a rest to all kinds of speculation around her treatment and death that have been doing the rounds since 'Amma' passed away.

"Jayalalithaa responded well to multi-disciplinary care in the critical care unit of the Apollo Hospital. While at Apollo, Jayalaltihaa interacted with family and government officials on some important issues, including Cauvery row," the state government said in a press release. 

Tamil Nadu Health Secretary Y Radha Krishnan told reporters that the medical report was  "self-explanatory" and that no information has been "held back" by the state government. He added that there was "no basis to hearsay speculations."

Earlier on Monday, AIIMS handed over Jayalalithaa's medical report prepared by its doctors to the Tamil Nadu government after the latter sought the visit notes of the delegation for its official records. The medical report consists of an analysis of Jayalalithaa's health condition during the five visits that the doctors of AIIMS made to Chennai's Apollo Hospital where the late CM was admitted.

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The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday had rejected former CM and rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam's claim that there was foul play in Jayalalithaa's treatment. The allegation was dismissed by Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar. Oppostion party DMK has also approached the Madras High Court and sought an investigation into the late CM's death.

On February 28, at least 12 AIADMK MPs, belonging to Panneerselvam's camp, had handed over a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi seeking a probe into the medical treatment provided to Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa died of a massive cardiac arrest on December 4, 2016, after having been admitted in Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for almost three months.

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