Jailed Vk Sasikala’s husband Natarajan Maruthappa dies at the age of 74 due to multiple organ failure at the Gleneagles Global Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.
Natarajan was admitted to hospital in the ICU on 16 March with severe chest pain. Sasikala is found guilty in bribe case and currently passing the jail sentence at Bengaluru Central prison. However, she was allowed to visit her ailing hospital on parole.
Visitors started coming continuously at the hospital to check Natarajan’s health. Among them, Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran reached the hospital on Saturday evening.
A statement was released by the hospital saying, “Every possible attempt was made to sustain his revival. However, despite our best efforts, he was unable to recover”.
Ntarajan was a man who always wants to be in power centre and he repeatedly claimed to make Jayalalithaa Chief Minister. He was born in Vilar village of Thanjavur.
Natarajan married Sasikala in 1973 when he was working in the state’s directorate of information and public relations. The wedding marked the presence of the famous Ministers like DMK chief and CM M Karunanidhi.
After losing his job in 1980, he remained unemployed for the four years. After that, he started the business of video rental which turned into videography. Sasikala also helped his husband in his business by visiting Singapore and purchasing video recorders to marriages in films and other functions.
Besides this, Sasikala once asked to Natarajan boss Chndralekha to help her in flourishing her career.
Cahndralekha said, “one day, Sasikala wanted me to put in a word to Jayalaithaa as she was the propaganda secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam then and used to attend a large number of functions. Sasikala asked me, would you please recommend my name? I recommended her name to Jayalaithaa and told her that I knew Sasikala and her husband was my PRO”.
And this was the turning point in her life or to say a start of a never-ending friendship. Both Natarajan and Sasikala always stood beside Jayalalithaa on her darker days.