CHENNAI: During the late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa’s 75-day hospitalisation at Apollo hospitals in Chennai, more than Rs 1.17 crore was spent on ‘food and beverages’ alone.

This was more than what the hospital billed for the services of UK-based expert Richard Beale, who was paid Rs 92 lakh.

While the exact food bill break-up for Jayalalithaa has not been given, details of room rent paid during the period are more revealing, and interesting.

A mere Rs 24.1 lakh was spent as room rent for Jayalalithaa, whereas more than Rs 1.24 crore was spent on room rent of others, which included VK Sasikala, her kin and officials.

A senior official at Apollo confirmed that the total food bill was not for Jayalalithaa alone but included officials, party cadre, ministers, security staff and other close aides who had stayed put at the hospital during her stay.

Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore which offered physiotherapy services to Jayalalithaa, was paid Rs 1.29 crore as physiotherapy charges.

The bill dated December 14, 2016 has three heads. First, under the category ‘patient bill heathcare services,’ it has charged Rs 1.92 crore on Jayalalithaa. Second, under professional charges category, it has charged Rs 2.21 crore. Under the third category of Room rent and food/beverages, it has charged a mind-boggling Rs 2.72 crore.

These were details revealed in a submission made by Apollo hospital to the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry which is probing the circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa.

The final bill amount was Rs 6.85 crore, of which the AIADMK party paid Rs 6 crore to the hospital on June 15, 2017. The party still owes Rs 44.56 lakh to the hospital.

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