Chennai: All CCTV cameras at Apollo Hospitals were turned off during the 75-day hospitalisation of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa before her death on December 5, 2016 as she was the only patient occupying the 24-bed intensive care unit, hospital chairman Dr Prathap C Reddy said

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a press conference of the Apollo International Colorectal Symposium 2018 here, Reddy said that the hospital had submitted all relevant documents to the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of inquiry probing Jayalalithaa’s death. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22, 2016. She suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 and was declared dead the following day.

When asked if he had also submitted CCTV footage, he said: “I am sorry. Unfortunately, they switched off all the CCTVs for all the 75 days. As soon as she got admitted, the access to the ICU was closed. All patients were diverted to another ICU. This ICU was occupied only by her. Only one out of 24 room in the ICU was used. They removed the camera because they did not want everyone to be watching,” he said. No visitors were allowed to meet her, he said.