“Notice. Stay of further proceedings of the inquiry commission," a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said.
The bench was hearing a plea by Apollo Hospitals challenging the 4 April order of the Madras High Court rejecting its objection against the inquiry into the death of the AIADMK leader at the hospital.
The AIADMK-led state government had set up the inquiry commission, headed by Justice A Arumughaswamy, to look into circumstances leading to the death of Jayalalithaa on 5 December, 2016, at Apollo Hospitals after being treated for 75 days.
The Madras High Court had refused to stall proceedings of the commission and disposed of the petition filed by Apollo Hospitals seeking to quash the government orders which laid down terms and reference of the probe panel.
It had also rejected the plea of the hospital for setting up a medical board to assist the panel during the inquiry.
Alleging there was a big mystery around the death, Tamil Nadu's opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) had demanded that the matter be investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation.