SC to look into conspiracy behind making of bomb in Rajiv case

NEW DELHI
17 Aug 2017

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre and the CBI to apprise it of the investigation being carried out on the conspiracy aspect behind the making of the bomb that had killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi 26 years ago. The apex court said it wanted to know about the further investigation which was carried out on this issue after one of the convicts in the assassination case claimed that this aspect was not being probed properly.  "What is the result of the investigation under section 173 on this? We want only this. What is the result of the re- investigation or the further investigation on this? Kindly address us on this," a bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said . The bench said it wanted the Solicitor General or an Additional Solicitor General to apprise it about the status of investigation on this aspect and fixed the matter for hearing on August 23. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by suicide bomber, Dhanu, at an election rally. 14 others, including Dhanu herself, were also killed. This was perhaps the first case of suicide bombing which had claimed the life of a high-profile global leader. The issue cropped up before the apex court after advocate Gopal Shankarnarayanan, appearing for convict A G Perarivalan, told the bench that several aspects, including the conspiracy angle behind the making of bomb, has not been probed properly. He said besides this aspect, which was directed to be probed by the Justice Jain Commission, there were other issues like missing files concerning security provided to Rajiv Gandhi and the murder of a Delhi-based journalist, Rajinder Kumar Jain, which were not investigated thoroughly. Shankarnarayanan told the court that Perarivalan was held guilty of supplying the batteries for the belt-bomb worn by suicide bomber Dhanu that had killed Rajiv Gandhi. He referred to the directions passed by the Jain Commission of Inquiry that had probed the conspiracy aspect of the assassination, as also the status report of the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) which was set up to further investigate the leads thrown up by the probe panel. The apex court had earlier commuted to life term the death sentence awarded to Perarivalan in the case.(PTI)