CHENNAI: The first bench of Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL praying for a direction to the Tamil Nadu government and the Apollo Hospitals to make public the real health condition of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
Holding that it was not a public interest writ petition and only a publicity-oriented one, the bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice R Mahadevan dismissed the PIL of activist ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy, at the outset.
The petitioner prayed for a direction to the Secretaries to the Governor and the Health Department and Chairman of Apollo Hospitals to make public full details about the health condition of the Chief Minister along with her photograph.
According to petitioner, the government should explain the real fact about the Chief Minister’s health condition.
The government should clarify to the members of the general public as to what the condition of the Chief Minister is and the real health problem she is facing with photo evidence to prove that she is conscious, taking official decisions and issuing instructions to perform the day-to-day affairs of the administration, he said.
His interim prayer was for a direction to consider appointing an acting Chief Minister if she required rest for a longer time.
The bench said that no doubt the health of the Chief Minister would be a concern for citizens, but then press reports suggest that medical bulletins are being issued by the hospital. That should suffice rather than any inquisition which the petitioner wants to make into the Chief Minister’s health.
A balance has to be maintained between the aspects of privacy and public awareness in this behalf. “We feel the regular bulletins from the hospital would suffice and it is up to the State government to see if some more information is required to be put in the public domain and we do not feel this is a matter to be entertained,’ the bench said and dismissed the PIL.
Meanwhile, P R Pandian of Cauvery Delta All Farmers Association Coordination Committee, Naam Thamizhar party founder Seeman, D Pandian of CPI and Arputham Ammal, mother of Perarivalan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, visited Apollo Hospitals.