Merger move: AIADMK constitutes committee to probe Jaya's death

The judge's name would be announced later, Chief Minister Palaniswami said, recalling that the media had reported "all kinds of statements from various people and organisations" regarding Jayalalithaa's death.

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday gave in to key demands put forth by the OPS faction.

Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami ordered a judicial probe into the death of former chief minister J.

In another significant development, he has also said the house where late Jayalalithaa was living, the "Vedha Nilayam" in Poes Garden in Chennai, would be converted into a memorial in her honour.

"I don't find any point of setting up this on this inquiry commission".

He said the terms of reference of the inquiry commission and the time frame within which the proposed commission should submit its report should be looked at. He had also said that he was not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa in the hospital.

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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.

The announcement comes just days after the two factions of the AIADMK agreed to merge.

Panneerselvam had also wanted that Sasikala and her family members must be kept out of the party. Jayalalithaa died on December 5 previous year after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai where she had been admitted on September 22 following complaints of fever and dehydration. He, however, welcomed the decision to convert the Poes Garden residence into a memorial.

"These are the people who fall down and touches the feet of Sasikala", she said.

After rebelling against the leadership of AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in February last, Panneerselvam had raised suspicions over the circumstances surrounding Jayalalithaa's death.

Several weeks after her death, the hospital held a press conference and asserted there was nothing suspicious about her demise and that she received the appropriate treatments.

  • Megan Austin