Compounding the confusion about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s health condition, a new message with a visual has been posted on Twitter alleging that it was a leaked blood report of the ailing AIADMK leader. There is no immediate response from the Apollo Hospitals or the Tamil Nadu administration.
Apparently retweeted, it said: “Allegedly leaked health report of #Jayalalithaa,” with a link to @dna. However, DNA website has no mention of the photo or story on the so-called leaked report, fueling suspicion that it could be another hoax on social media. Moreover, the name of the Tamil Nadu CM in it is mentioned as Jayalalitha and not Jayalalithaa.
However, people are advised by police and the Tamil Nadu government not to believe or retweet such messages owing to sensitive nature of the situation. The cyber crime wing of #TamilNadu police is keeping a watch on Social Media. Facebook & Twitter pages are being constantly monitored and WhatsApp groups have been under surveillance with a number tracking system activated.
It is said that the TN police is planning some arrests in the coming days under Cyber Law which may land those who tweet or retweet such messages behind bars for 3 years for creating panic and disturbing public order.
Otherwise, the Madras High Court, responding to a PIL, asked the administration on Tuesday to file a reply on the CM’s health condition. “AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa is holding public office, and therefore her state of health must be clarified by government officials before October 6,” it said.
The 68-year-old CM was hospitalised on Sept. 22 for just “fever and dehydration” but her continued stay for more than 12 days without any clear statement emanating from the Apollo Hospital has raised hue and cry over her health condition.
The hospital on Monday said Jayalalithaa had been on a respirator, and undergoing treatment for an “infection”. A sepsis specialist from London has been flown in to oversee her recovery. It said on Tuesday that the same line of treatment is being administered.