CHENNAI: A 48-year-old woman, who claimed to be a doctor at Apollo Hospitals and spoke in a public meeting that the former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was dead when she was admitted to the hospital on September 22, has been arrested on charges of spreading rumours.
S Ramaseetha, a resident of Perambur, spoke in a public meeting organised at RK Nagar a few weeks earlier by people claiming to be supporters of Jaya’s niece, Deepa Jayakumar. The speech was reported in some newspapers and the video went viral in social media.
The Apollo Hospitals management recently filed a police complaint against Ramaseetha after finding out that the hospital had no such staff on its roles.
Police sources said Ramaseetha was a nutritionist, but it was not clear in which hospital she worked. “We filed the complaint about two weeks ago,” said a spokesperson of Apollo Hospitals.
The Central Crime Branch of the Chennai city police arrested her on Saturday. “She claims that she made such statements to get attention,” said a police officer.
The former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 and was declared dead on December 5 after suffering a cardiac arrest.