Chennai: Tamil Nadu dailies Dinamalar (Tamil) and Times of India (English) have been slammed against defamation case by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday for their reportage on the reasons for Chennai floods.
The case was filed by the city public prosecutor ML Jegan on behalf of Jayalalithaa, said Jaya TV. He submitted that the contents of the news item in the Tamil daily on December 12, 2015, captioned “Heavy rains were converted into floods by Tamil Nadu government” was defamatory in nature.
According to the petition, the state government and Jayalalithaa are derogatorily reported in the news published by these two newspapers even after a clarification issued by Chief Secretary K.Gnanadesikan on the process followed while opening the sluice gates of the Chembarambakkam Lake and the reason for Chennai going under water last month.
The newspapers had reported that the opening of lake gates to let out the surplus water was delayed due to bureaucratic red tape.
Contravening the allegations, Gnanadesikan, in a statement on December 13, said that official indecision or mismanagement of release of water from the Chembarambakkam lake into the Adyar River were not the causes of the Chennai flooding but was caused primarily due to the very high rainfall in November, which was followed by more rain in Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts on December 1.(IANS)
OPS was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that no one was allowed access to Amma.
Ministers and party leaders had various version of the scenario.
Following all this, an inquiry commission was set up to probe the matter.
On Friday, Apollo Hospitals submitted two suitcases packed with documents related to the treatment given to J. Jayalalithaa to an inquiry commission set up to probe her death. The commission was also set up to investigate the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalization and her treatment.
The commission, headed by retired high court judge Justice Arumugasamy, followed by several ministers and party members alleged that they were not allowed to meet the AIADMK chief while she was in the hospital.
V.K. Sasikala’s advocate Raja Senthurapandian has been ordered by the panel to appear before it on 22nd January.
After O Panneerselvam alleged that ‘there’s more’ to Jayalalithaa’s death, what followed was a mirage of statements from several party leaders and ministers. The various version came up regarding the scenario of Amma’s treatment.
Opposition DMK had demanded a CBI inquiry.
O Panneerselvam was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that there’s more to the death of Amma. All of it wasn’t made public, he said. OPS also said he wasn’t allowed to meet Jayalalithaa.
The inquiry commission was set up after the AIADMK merger of EPS and OPS factions.
The inquiry was a pre-condition for the merger set by OPS. This was seen as to move to target Sasikala as she was the only one who was allowed access to Amma, at the hospital.
Panneerselvam had also accused Sasikala of ‘forcing him’ to resign when he was the acting Chief Minister. The picture which came up was, Sasikala is trying to assume power.
The inquiry commission was lost in a maze of contradictions as various ministers had various versions of Jayalalithaa’s treatment at Apollo Hospital.
Forest Minister Dindigul Sreenivasan: Sasikala’s family manipulated Jayalalithaa’s treatment and also prevented access to VIP visitors like Arun Jaitley and Rahul Gandhi. This was done to ensure so that the truth about her hospitalization doesn’t come out. Only Sasikala and her family had access to Amma. Even the ministers weren’t allowed.
Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan:He repeated the charge. “The truth is that none of us saw Jayalalithaa during that period of hospitalization. We only saw her body when it was brought out of the hospital lift on December 4 night.” said the minister.
Whereas Cooperation Minister Sellur K. Raju differed on the matter. “All of us, ministers, saw Jayalalithaa when she was undergoing treatment at Apollo. This is the truth,” he said.
P Vetrivel, a disqualified MLA from Dinakaran’s camp had released a video in December last year which show Amma resting on her hospital bed and sipping fruit juice while watching TV. He said it’s untrue that no one met Jayalalithaa during her treatment days. Dinakaran claims the video was shot by Sasikala herself.