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Madras High Court refuses to stay proceedings of panel probing Jayalalithaa death

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Madras High Court refuses to stay proceedings of panel probing Jayalalithaa death

Apollo Hospitals approached the Madras High Court seeking an interim stay on the proceedings of the inquiry panel on February 9.

The Madras High Court on Monday refused to stay the proceedings of Justice Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry probing the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. The court was hearing a petition filed by Apollo Hospital to restrain the commission from inquiring into the medical treatment provided to the late chief minister.

A division bench of Justice R Subbiah and Justice Krishnan Ramasamy directed the state government and the commission to respond to the hospital's allegations by Friday. The bench said that an interim order will be passed only after the filing counter-affidavits.

On February 9, Apollo Hospitals approached the Madras High Court seeking an interim stay on the proceedings of the inquiry panel, accusing it of acting in a prejudiced manner and subjecting the hospital to "grave hardship and irreparable harm".

In its writ petitions, the hospital urged the high court to appoint an independent medical board, comprising specialist doctors not associated with the state government, to probe issues pertaining to treatment provided to Jayalalithaa.

Apollo also accused the probe panel of acting beyond its jurisdiction and in lack of expertise to understand complex medical conditions.

Jayla"The real danger of prejudice and bias is apparent in the manner in which the probe panel is conducting the examination of witnesses," the petition filed by the hospital said.

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