Hearings in the probe into the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been temporarily put on hold, after doctors advised Justice (Retd) A Arumughasamy, who heads the one-man inquiry commission, a period of rest to recover from his illness.
As a result, hearings in the Jaya death probe scheduled on November 4-7 has been adjourned. The commission, which will reconvene after Deepavali, is expected to resume the probe from November 12.
The State government had extended the commission’s term, which was to end on October 24, by four months only last week. With the extension, the final report is now due to be submitted on February 24, 2019.
Former chief secretary Rama Mohana Rao was the last high-profile name to appear before the panel, when he made his third deposition last week. Rao is one of the key government officials from the time of Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation who is being questioned.
So far, the commission has examined over 100 witnesses, with over 75 of them having been cross-examined by VK Sasikala’s counsel Raja Senthoor Pandian.