Jayalalithaa fell unconscious in toilet on Sept 22, 2016: Sasikala informs panel

CHENNAI: Former chief minister J ‘s health had deteriorated after her conviction by a trial court Bengaluru in September 2014 and she had been taking treatment from 20 different doctors between November 2014 and September 2016, her close aide told the Justice Arumughasamy commission in an filed last week.
Sasikala’s counsel Raja Senthoor Pandian has confirmed that the affidavit has been filed. The affidavit has 55 pages and 90 paragraphs.

In the affidavit, Sasikala has stated that Jayalalithaa fell unconscious in her bathroom around 9pm on September 22, 2016. Sasikala lifted her to the bed and later she was taken to the . She was unconscious then.

The next day Jayalalithaa’s health was better and she spoke, the affidavit says.

While being shifted from the emergency room to the multi-disciplinary critical care unit in the hospital on September 26, the former chief minister remarked in a lighter vein that she had been brought to the hospital because she had been unconscious, otherwise she would have not allowed to do so, Sasikala says in her affidavit.

Sasikala has also provided the names of ministers and party leaders who saw Jayalalithaa in the hospital. This includes labour minister Nilofer Kafeel and Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai.

The affidavit says the then acting governor, C Vidyasagar Rao, had seen Jayalalithaa twice in the hospital. Jayalalithaa had even waved at him from behind a glass wall, it says.

Jayalalithaa‘s condition worsened on September 28, 2016, a day after she chaired a high level meeting with officials like chief secretary Rama Mohan Rao and Sheela Balakrishnan, Sasikala says. After this, AIIMS doctors came in and advised tracheostomy.

Ten days after that, Jayalalithaa’s health had improved and she had removed the tubes herself, Sasikala says in the affidavit. She was also doing mild exercises and having a normal diet, the affidavit says.

Sasikala has also stated that Jayalalithaa was in her senses while giving her thumb impression on the affidavits of the AIADMK bypoll candidates.

She had also given a handwritten note directing what kind of issues AIADMK MPs should rake up in the winter session of Parliament, a copy of which is in her room in Poes Garden, Sasikala has said.

On December 3, 2016, chief secretary Rama Mohan Rao wished her after opening the door, a source said.

In the 60th para of her affidavit, Sasikala says Jayalalithaa was adamant that nobody should visit her in the hospital unless she desired and that everyone could visit her once she returned home in good health.

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