Ministers take on bureaucrats over Jayalalithaa’s treatment

The ruling AIADMK on Monday took exception to the IAS Officers’ Association resolution on the row involving its Ministers and Principal Secretary (Health) J. Radhakrishnan on the issue of medical treatment provided to former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

In Villupuram, Law Minister C.Ve. Shanmugam referred to the Tamil Nadu IAS Officers’ Association’s memorandum to Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, calling upon the latter to ensure that “statements are not made against serving civil servants.”

“The IAS officers’ body should have come out with appropriate replies to all the questions raised. Instead, it had come out with a statement that posed a threat to the elected representatives,” he said.

“I feel that this is not the correct approach on their part and they must mend their ways,” the Minister added.

He was talking to reporters after distributing Pongal gift hampers to cardholders.

Asserting that mystery over the death of Jayalalithaa remained, the Minister reiterated his call for an independent investigation.

‘At liberty to doubt’

Alluding to Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) deputy general secretary T.T.V. Dhinakaran’s reported criticism of him for his remarks on the IAS officer, the Minister said that anyone who entertained doubts on the issue could very well raise questions.

In Chennai, Fisheries and Personnel and Administrative Reforms Minister D. Jayakumar, defending his colleague’s position, said the IAS Officers Association “could have avoided” its observation of “reining in” Ministers.

Members of Parliament along with A. Arunmozhithevan and G. Hari and a few Members of Legislative Assembly separately met the media at the Secretariat and wanted the Health Secretary to clarify why Jayalalithaa was not taken abroad for treatment.

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