No representation was made to preserve the body of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa, the Centre stated in its reply before the Madras high court. The Centre stated that there was no request to preserve the body of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister till a probe into the circumstances leading up to her death was over.
Joseph, an AIADMK worker, had filed a plea before a bench comprising acting Chief Justice Hulavadi Ramesh and Justice R Mahadevana in which he had sought for a probe into the death of the late CM. He claimed that a representation had been made to the Union Home to preserve the body until an inquiry was completed. The Centre, however, denied that any such representation had been made.
The Centre contended that it is not a party to the proceedings. As per the 7th Schedule of the Constitution of India, "Public Health and Sanitation, Hospitals and Dispensaries, Public Order, Police are State Subjects coming under List II." These are matters to be dealt by the state, the centre further stated while requesting that it be dropped from the ongoing proceedings.