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All CCTV cameras turned off during 75 days hospitalisation of Jayalalitha: Apollo Chairman

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In a new disclosure in the death case of J Jayalalithaa, Apollo Hospitals said that all CCTV cameras were switched off during the treatment of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Dr Prathap C Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals, told media persons that CCTV cameras were turned off during the 75-day hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa as she was the only patient occupying the 24-bed intensive care unit.
Speaking to media on the sidelines of a press conference of the Apollo International Colorectal Symposium 2018, Dr Reddy said that the hospital had submitted all relevant documents to the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of inquiry probing death of Jayalalithaa. He also said no visitors were allowed to meet her and the hospital had done its best to save Jayalalithaa.
All CCTV cameras in Apollo Hospitals were turned off during the 75-day hospitalisation of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa before her death on December 5, 2016 as she was the only patient occupying the 24-bed intensive care unit, hospital chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said on Thursday.
He clarified that the hospital had submitted all relevant documents to the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of inquiry probing her death, including all medical records, as he added that the staff gave her the best care, India Today reported.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a press conference of the Apollo International Colorectal Symposium 2018 here, Reddy said that the hospital had submitted all relevant documents to the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of inquiry probing Jayalalithaa’s death.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22, 2016. She suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 and was declared dead the following day.
When asked if he had also submitted CCTV footage, he said: “I am sorry. Unfortunately, they switched off all the CCTVs for all the 75 days. As soon as she got admitted, the access to the ICU was closed. All patients were diverted to another ICU. This ICU was occupied only by her. Only one out of 24 room in the ICU was used. They removed the camera because they did not want everyone to be watching,” he said. No visitors were allowed to meet her, he said.
“In hospital we follow a simple policy. No one is allowed in the ICU, except close relatives for a short time. Since she was critical, we did not permit. But relatives have an option to ask for some people. The doctor who is on duty can allow,” he said.
He said the hospital had done its best but unfortunately could not save the 69-year-old leader.
“The matter is sub judice, as a one man commission is holding an inquiry. She was at the hospital for several days. From ward boys to technicians to nurses to doctors everyone took good care of her. There were doctors from other countries as well. We had high hopes she would recover. I even said she was well,” he said.
The revelation raises questions that why a measure which would have ensured added security to a VVIP guest was pulled down and on whose order. The CCTV footage could have not only revealed whether Jayalalithaa was conscious in the days before her death but would have shown who all had access to her while she was undergoing treatment.
Jayalalithaa’s close aide, who was one of the few people who had access to the chief minister in her final days, told the Justice Arumughaswamy Commission, that the former Tamil Nadu chief minister refused to heed her advice to go to hospital, but was later rushed to Apollo Hospital in Chennai after she fainted in her bedroom.
“She called to me for help. I suggested going to the hospital, but she refused. She passed out and I called the doctor for an ambulance,” Sasikala said.
It is noteworthy here that even though the CCTV footage is unavailable, Sasikala said she made four videos of Jayalalithaa with permission and has submitted them to the commission. The videos were an effort to document Jayalalithaa’s health, she claimed.
The hospital will appear before the commission when it is summoned. “We have submitted all reports. I do not know the day-to-day developments. If they call us, we are ready to appear before the commission,” he said.
Following her death, suspicion over the circumstances leading to her demise was raised by several persons, including Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his followers. The Tamil Nadu government appointed a commission under Justice A Arumughaswamy to probe her death.

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