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Jaya said no to weight loss surgery, wanted to cut down weight through diet: Doctor

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

J was against to improve her health, a doctor said during her deposition before a one-man panel probing the former chief minister's death.

During cross-examination, Dr Jayashree Gopal, a diabetologist with a leading hospital, deposed that had said "no" to and opted to reduce weight through diet.

N Raja Senthoor Pandian, the of Jayalalithaa's V K Sasikala who cross-examined the doctor, said the advice was rendered to improve the health.

"The doctor had advised that a would make walking easy and help ward off like thyroid.

"However, Jayalalithaa had said she would try weight reduction through diet," the said, quoting the doctor's deposition.

Jayalalithaa had also expressed her inability to go in for physical exercises in view of her public engagements, the said.

Sweets taken by Jayalalithaa during her hospitalisation in 2016 was within limit and in accordance with her dietary plan and it was for celebrating the AIADMK's victory in the bypolls that year, Pandian told reporters.

Besides Dr Jayashree, Dr D and an of a were cross-examined yesterday.

The deposition of Dr D showed that Sasikala had taken due care of Jayalalithaa's health, the said.

Dr of Apollo Hospital, who had treated Jayalalithaa since 2000 for diabetes, had deposed that the late leader's health began deteriorating since March 2015.

Even during her incarceration in 2014 at a Bengaluru jail, Jayalalithaa's blood sugar levels were at the "correct level," according to Dr Shantaram's deposition.

Dr Jayashree said a video of Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospital, (which was leaked to the media) was actually shot in that hospital.

"A regrettable thing for us is that the Commission's advocates wanted Jayalalithaa madam's to be marked as exhibit and it has been done," he said.

Pandian said "in my view, there is some violation of law (vis-a-vis Jayalalithaa's bank account's scrutiny by the Commission). The bank was cross-examined and if necessary I will share information about it," he said, without elaborating.

Jayalalithaa and Sasikala had repaid to the PSU secured for gifting cars for each other's birthday, he said, citing the bank official's deposition.

The was constituted by the government last year following suspicions raised by several quarters on her death.

The panel's terms of reference was to inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa on September 22, 2016, and treatment provided till her death on December 5 the same year.

The Commission had invited all those having "personal knowledge and direct acquaintance" in the matter to furnish information to it.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 18:06 IST