Jailed AIADMK Leader Sasikala's Husband Natarajan Hospitalised, on Ventilator Support

Last November, Natarajan was admitted to a hospital, hours after the Madras High Court upheld a trial court order sentencing him to two years imprisonment in a tax evasion case. The 74-year-old had undergone a kidney and liver transplant at a Chennai hospital on October 3.

Chennai: Jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala's husband M Natarajan has been admitted to a hospital here with "severe" chest infection and his condition is said to be "critical", an official said.

The 74-year-old was admitted to Gleneagles Global hospital here.

"Natarajan Maruthappa was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), Gleneagles Global (Hospital), on March 16 with severe chest infection," the hospital said in a statement on Sunday.

Natarajan is on "ventilator support" and his condition is "critical," the hospital's chief operating officer, Shanmuga Priyan, said.

In October last year, Natarajan was admitted to the hospital, where he underwent a liver and kidney transplant.

He was discharged after having completely recovered from the operation with good liver and kidney graft function.

Sasikala, serving a four-year imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case in the central prison in Bengaluru, had visited her husband after obtaining emergency parole last year.

Natarajan had worsening liver and kidney failure and lung congestion, ahead of the twin organ transplant.

Tracheostomy was performed on October 6, 2017, and he was on ventilator support for sometime, the hospital had said then.

A bureaucrat in the Tamil Nadu government during the late chief minister Jayalalithaa's early tenures, Natarajan and Sasikala had been living apart ever since the latter moved into Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence.

Natarajan and three others had been convicted for conspiracy, forgery, cheating and tax evasion and sentenced to two years in jail in a 23-year-old duty evasion case connected to import of a luxury car from the UK.

The case related to the import of a Toyota Lexus car in 1994, declaring it as a used vehicle and thereby allegedly evading tax to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore.

(With PTI inputs)