Jaya’s death anniversary marked by PIL

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Chennai, Nov 29: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Madras High Court restrains the Tamil Nadu government from acknowledging December 5 as the death anniversary of former state Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa till the one-man commission of inquiry declares the official date of demise.

In his PIL, advocate R Kumaravel of Villivakkam in Chennai said the government set the terms of reference for the Justice A Arumughaswamy commission of inquiry on September 27, 2017 and mandated it “to inquire into the circumstances and situation leading to the hospitalisation of late Chief Minister on September 22, 2016 and subsequent treatment provided till her demise on December 5, 2016.”

The science of fingerprints states that a person’s thumb impression should have various categories of ridges visible to naked eyes. It also states that those ridges will not be there in the hands of a dead person and “a dead person’s thumb impressions will not have any ridge and the fingerprint would become pores,” said the PIL.

Noting that fingerprint science could ascertain if a thumb impression had been taken from a person who was alive or one who was dead by way of poroscopy and porology, Kumaravel said Jayalalithaa’s thumb impression found on ‘Form A & B’ of the AIADMK submitted along with nominations of its three candidates had no ridges visible either to naked eyes or with a magnified lens.

By Aparna Ganesan