CHENNAI: The commission headed by retired judge A Arumughaswamy, set up to inquire into the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, has summoned two top officials of the State government to appear on November 22 and 23.
Sources said so far, only one person had filed his affidavit in proper form levelling some allegations. He had been summoned to appear before the commission on November 22, which is when the panel will begin its formal inquiry.
Explaining the time taken for commencing the inquiry, commission sources said, “Legally, we have to give notice period to those who give information for appearing before the commission. So, there is no delay on the part of the commission.” The terms of reference of the commission, issued on September 27, said: “The commission should inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa on September 22 and subsequent treatment provided till her unfortunate demise on December 5, 2016.”
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced the formation of an inquiry commission on August 17 ahead of the merger of the faction headed by O Panneerselvam with the ruling faction. The panel was one of the key demands of the OPS faction.
Arumughaswamy formally began his work on October 27, issuing a notification calling for information in the form of sworn-in affidavits with necessary documents by November 22.