A new development has emerged in the investigation case of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalihaa’s death case where, the judicial commission probing the matter has failed to retrieve the crucial CCTV footage of the AIADMK chief’s final days.
The commission, probing the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s death, had asked the hospital to submit the recordings of certain areas within the hospital. However, Apollo Hospitals in Chennai has informed the Justice Arumughaswamy Commission that the CCTV footage recorded during late Jayalalithaa’s stay in the hospital is not available as it has been overwritten several times automatically.
“The CCTV recordings get overwritten automatically after 30 days. This information was shared with the Commission on September 11,” Maimoona Badsha, counsel for Apollo Hospitals said.
He also added that new images are recorded after the earlier footage is deleted. The hospital has informed the Commission that it is unable to submit the requested footage as it pertains to the period when Jayalalithaa was in the hospital – between September 22, 2016 and December 5, 2016.
This was the second response from the hospital about the footage, which is different from its previous statement. Earlier, the hospital had claimed that the CCTV cameras of the ward where Jayalalithaa was admitted were switched off.
The commission has now asked the hospital’s chief operating officer Subbiah Viswanathan to appear before it on 25 September. It has also written to the governor’s office to know whether the Raj Bhavan sought any information from AIIMS and Apollo Hospitals on the health of the then chief minister, The New Indian Express reported.