In what has become a major shock to expelled ADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala at a high time when she is making moves for her political comeback, the Justice Arumugasamy Commission, which probed the death of late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa, has recommended the Tamil Nadu government to take action against her and several others who were in the inner circle of Jayalalithaa's hospitalization.
After several extensions in nearly five years, the commission has recently submitted its final report to Chief Minister MK Stalin. The final report was a highly expected one by the state due to the magnitude of the probe into the death of a high-profile leader. As the mystery around her death is still being surfaced, the cadres of ADMK hope that the final report from the commission would reveal what happened during her hospitalization and her death.
After receiving the report from former Justice Arumugasamy, the state cabinet meeting was convened by MK Stalin on Monday during which it was decided to place the report before the Tamil Nadu Assembly and the government said that the matter will be discussed with legal experts. According to an official release, the panel report that went into aspects including the late Chief Minister's hospitalization on September 22, 2016, and the treatment provided to her, was discussed in detail at the cabinet meeting, two days after Justice Arumugasamy submitted it to the Chief Minister.
It further said, "The cabinet has decided to take the opinion of legal experts on the report recommending ordering government inquiry against VK Sasikala, Sivakumar (Sasikala's relative and a doctor), the then Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabaskar and the then Chief Secretary Rama Mohana Rao and take due action, and after doing so, place it before the Tamil Nadu Assembly with a report."
The recommendation has shocked Sasikala and her supporters as it has come in the midst of her political aspirations with sources saying that she is looking to renew her ties with O Panneerselvam to take over the ADMK from Edappadi Palaniswami. She is strongly looking for the right time to plunge into politics and Arumugasamy Commission's recommendation has come as a deterrence to her political aspirations as she may lose the support of ADMK and its cadres had the enquiry gone against her.
As the ADMK cadres see Jayalalithaa as Amma (mother), the commission's recommendation to take action against Sasikala would likely put her to the test to reap the support of the cadres in recouping the control of the party. J Jayalalithaa has passed away on December 5, 2016, at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai after 75 days of hospitalization. After her demise, the party witnessed the revolt where O Panneerselvam broke the ADMK and demanded that Jayalalithaa's death should be probed.
Based on his demand, which was a condition to merge both the broken factions, the previous ADMK regime led by Edappadi Palaniswami had constituted an inquiry commission under the retired judge of Madras High Court Justice Arumugasamy to probe the death of Jayalalithaa. The commission has begun its hearing in November 2017 and after nearly five years with various episodes of extensions, the commission has finally submitted its report to the DMK-led Tamil Nadu government.