File photo of VK Sasikala. Photograph:( Zee News Network )
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa had refused to go to the hospital after she collapsed in the washroom on September 22, 2016, her aide VK Sasikala told Justice A Arumughaswamy commission, which is probing the death of Amma.
Sasikala narrated what transpired at Jayalalithaa’s residence before she was rushed to the hospital.
In the 55-page, 99-paragraph affidavit filed on March 12, Sasikala says Jayalalithaa sought help just after brushing her teeth in the bathroom located on the first floor of her Poes Garden residence, a report said.
Sasikala’s relative KS Sivakumar, a doctor, two personal security officers and a driver immediately reached the first floor after being called out for help.
Soon, a call was made to Vijay Kumar Reddy, husband of Apollo Hospitals’ vice-chairperson Preetha Reddy, after which two ambulances were sent to Poes Garden from Apollo’s Greames Road and Teynampet hospitals.
Sasikala said she has made videos of Jayalalithaa with her permission, of which four have been submitted to the Commission.
Sasikala also said senior AIADMK leaders including O Panneerselvam and M Thambidurai met her.
Earlier, both leaders have said they were denied access to Jayalalithaa in her three months in the hospital.
Sasikala, who is serving a four-year jail term for corruption, has also declared that Jayalalithaa regained consciousness in the ambulance en route to the hospital and asked where she was being taken.
Jayalalithaa was unwell on September 22, the day she was hospitalised.
Earlier in the day, Sasikala has said she suggested a visit to the hospital on that very day, but Jayalalithaa had refused to go.