Jayalalithaa died day before official announcement, reveals Sasikala's brother (PTI Photo)
V Divaharan, brother of the jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala has made a startling revelation about death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.
Divaharan revealed that Jayalalithaa died a day before the actual announcement was made by the Apollo Hospital where she was admitted.
“Amma (Jayalalithaa) had passed away exactly at 5.15pm on December 4, 2016 and I reached the hospital the same night after receiving the information,” Divakaran said.
"Even then, Amma was kept on ventilator. When I inquired with Reddy, he asked me to ensure the safety and security of the hospital. Only then could he declare (her death)", he added.
The former Tamil Nadu CM was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22, 2016 on complaints of fever and dehydration.
She suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 but was declared dead by the hospital and government on December 5 at 11.30pm.
However, rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran has distanced himself from commenting on Dhivakaran’s claim and said “"I don't know about it. Apollo should clarify it.”
Last year, Tamil Nadu CM had set up an inquiry commission to probe the death of Jayalalithaa. The commission will also inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to her hospitalization.
"There is a process of inquiry which is being conducted by an eminent body to go through all the facts leading to her demise. We would like the matter to be clarified at the earliest in the interest of truth and justice," Divakaran said while speaking at a public gathering on the occasion of hundredth birth anniversary celebrations of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran.