All CCTVs on Jayalalithaa's floor switched off: Prathap Reddy

The former Chief Minister was hospitalised for 75 days at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.
All CCTVs on Jayalalithaa's floor switched off: Prathap Reddy
All CCTVs on Jayalalithaa's floor switched off: Prathap Reddy
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All CCTV cameras in the section where then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was being treated at the Apollo Hospitals were switched off, the Chairman of the hospital group Prathap Reddy said on Thursday.

"Unfortunately, we switched off the CCTVs because we didn't want everyone to watch the treatment being given to her," he told the media here on the sidelines of an event.

Reddy said all the patients on the floor where Jayalalithaa was treated were shifted to other floors because of security and other reasons.

He said when the Chief Minister was brought to the hospital, she was in a critical condition but had shown improvement. She later suffered a massive heart attack and breathed her last, he added.

Reddy said all the documents relating to her treatment have been submitted to the one-man judicial inquiry commission probing her death.

In February 2017, Dr Richard Beale, a specialist from London who was involved with Jayalalithaa’s treatment had said, "Firstly, you don't have CCTV in patient rooms. Secondly, you do not take photos of critically ill patients. How would they feel? I don't know how people can demand that. It is just extraordinary, it is unreasonable."

In December 2017, an MLA from the TTV Dhinakaran camp had released a video of Jayalalithaa on bed. That is the only footage that has been made public from during her hospitalisation.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22, 2016. She died on December 5.


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