Doctor who treated Jayalalithaa, journalists on Vijaya Bhaskar's 'pay list'
Did Vijaya Bhaskar make payments to the doctor who treated Jayalalithaa? Documents said to have been seized from his possession suggest that Rs 5 lakh was given to Dr Balaji. The authorities are now probing details of two journalists who also are alleged to have been on the minister's payroll.
The documents said to have been unearthed during income tax raids on Tamil Nadu Minister Vijaya Bhaskar raised a stinker leading to countermanding of the R K Nagar bypoll. While some documents, according to the election commission, held details of money allotted to different leaders of the AIADMK faction to distribute to the voters, another sheet of paper holds details of alleged transactions between Vijaya Bhaskar and individual persons, accounts and institutions.
A balance sheet, this document details a date- wise transaction for the month of November 2016, the time when J Jayalalithaa was undergoing treatment in Apollo hospital. Out of the 21 transactions listed out on the document is a mention of Rs 5 lakh paid to Dr Balaji for 'expenses' on 'HM instructions'. The document details the opening balance for the month and the total debit and credit transactions.
Authorities probing the matter are also looking into the role of two regional journalists in Tamil Nadu who were on Vijaya Bhaskar's pay list. One of the journalists on the list is said to belong to a prominent regional media house and hails from Vijaya Bhaskar's native, Pudukottai.
Based on the document recovered from Vijaya Bhaskar's possession, the income tax department in likely to issue summons to all those on the list including the doctor and journalists. The detail of money paid to the doctor who treated Jayalalithaa has come against sparked off speculations on whether the fingerprint that the AIADMK claimed to be that of Jayalalithaa's, was obtained by force.