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HC Dismisses PIL Seeking Jayalalithaa Health Status

Madras High Court, on receipt of reply from the government on the health of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, today dismissed the PIL by activist ‘Traffic’ K.R. Ramaswamy terming it a publicity stunt.

The PIL sought the court to direct the Tamil Nadu government to declare the "real" status of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who is recuperating in the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai since Septemebr 22. The HC Bench consisting of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan dismissed it saying it is a “Publicity Interest Litigation”.

The Bench also warned the petitioner not to use the forum for political purposes When Ramaswamy approached the High Court on Tuesday, a Division Bench of Justices M.M. Sundresh and R. Mahadevan, seated at the Madurai Bench of the court, suggested the Additional Advocate General to get instructions from the authorities concerned and also observed that people have the right to know the status of the Chief Minister’s health, as she is in a responsible position of governing the affairs of the State.

When the plea came up for hearing today, the Chief Justice turned down the plea and termed it was a "Publicity Interest Litigation." With this, the court angle is closed and reports, however, suggest that the CM is recovering. On Thursday, an AIIMS specialist was flown in to coordinate the recovery of CM.

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