Madras HC orders state govt to submit info about Jayalalithaa’s health

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Nearly two weeks after the hospitalisation of AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the opposition continued to raise questions on who is running the government in absence of the CM. The matter was finally taken to the Madras High Court by a petitioner, Traffic Ramaswamy, a social activist, on Tuesday.

The case was not listed for the day but Ramaswamy prayed to the court to consider it claiming it was an urgent matter. Hearing his demand to the government to reveal Jayalalithaa’s actual health status, the government pleader argued that there is no urgency to hear the case since the hospital is releasing health bulletins on a daily basis.

Refusing to give an adverse order on Ramaswamy’s petition, however, the High Court asked the government pleader to get back, after consulting with the government.

The development comes 12 days after the chief minister was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai after complaints of fever and dehydration.

Confusion regarding her health has not dwindled as the state government has not released any official statement on the same. A bulletin released by the hospital on Monday said the health of the chief minister ‘continues to improve.’

“The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection,” said the bulletin. A specialist doctor from London, UK was also flown in to monitor Jayalalithaa’s condition.

DMDK leader Captain Vijayakanth also demanded on Monday that the state government should reveal her ‘actual’ health status.

Earlier, DMK supremo Karunanidhi – while wishing a speedy recovery for the Chief Minister – had said that the state government should release a picture or video of her in the hospital.

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