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Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami announces judicial inquiry into Jayalalithaa's death

Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami today announced a Commission of Inquiry to go into the death of J Jayalalithaa, eight months after her demise.

Reported by: PTI, Chennai [ Updated: August 17, 2017 18:31 IST ]
File pic of J Jayalalithaa
File pic of J Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami today announced a Commission of Inquiry to go into the death of J Jayalalithaa, eight months after her demise. Palaniswami also announced that Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden residence here will be turned into a memorial that will be run by the government. 

The announcements have virtually sealed the deal for merger with rebel leader and former chief minister O Panneerselvam's AIADMK faction since these are his two key demands. 

The 68-year-old former chief minister and AIADMK supremo died following a cardiac arrest on December 5 after being in hospital for 75 days. She was admitted to hospital on September 22. 

Besides the formal expulsion of AIADMK interim chief V K Sasikala and her nephew deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran has also been sought by Panneerselvam. 

Flanked by senior cabinet colleagues, Finance Minister D Jayakumar, Forest Minister Dindigul C Srinivasan and Power Minister P Thangamani, Palaniswami told reporters that the Commission of Inquiry will be set up and headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court. 

 

He said the name of the judge will be announced later. 

Hailing Jayalalithaa's contribution to Tamil Nadu, he said following representations from a cross-section of people, her residence at Poes Garden will be turned into a government memorial and opened for public viewing. 

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