SC promotes medical advice to support panel efforts

The Supreme Court said orally on Thursday that it would protect the interests of the Apollo hospitals, and favored the establishment of an AIIMS expert medical council to support the efforts of the A. Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry to collect evidence. facts about the death of former chief minister Jayalalithaa in hospital in 2016.

A bench of Judges S. Abdul Nazeer and Krishna Murari asked the hospital, represented by lead lawyer Aryama Sundaram and lawyer Rohini Musa, to prepare a note detailing what it wanted during the investigation. The court said it would review the note and issue orders. The court asked the hospital to share a copy of its note with the commission by Monday. He has the case listed for Tuesday.

The hospital moved the court by accusing the commission of bias, violating the principles of natural justice and conducting the fact-finding exercise outside its jurisdiction. The commission, represented by lead lawyer Ranjit Kumar, denied the allegation of bias.

Mr Sundaram had argued that the reputation of Chennai’s first hospital had been “tarnished overnight” by the commission, which took a tangent that was “unbelievable”.

The hospital had asked the court to order the commission to share the files and allow it to participate in the questioning of witnesses.

The tribunal orally advised the government of Tamil Nadu to provide the commission with a larger room for hearings to accommodate the media and members of the future medical commission.

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