Madras High Court questions mystery behind Jaya's death

Chennai: Clearly not happy with the secrecy maintained by people, the Madras high court has expressed doubts over the demise of former TN chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

A member of her party PA Joseph, has filed a petition asking the bench, "Why can’t we exhume her body?” in relation to the sudden death of the minister.

The fact that no medical report had been submitted has raised suspicions. Joseph in his petition has asked the Centre to set up a commission similar to which was formed for Subhash Chandra Bose to probe the mysterious death of Jayalalithaa. Joseph said that the public has the right to know what happened.

Advocate general of Tamil Nadu R Muthukumaraswamy, however, said the first bench of the high court was hearing a similar PIL and it had been adjourned to January 4. 

The bench then issued notices to the Prime Minister and the state and central governments. It adjourned the case to January 9 for further hearing. Madhan a Gopala Rao accepted notice on behalf of the Centre.

After 75 days of hospitalisation, Jayalalithaa was declared dead on December 5 in Chennai's Apollo hospital.