NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court directed the CBI on Monday to file status report on its probe on the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and asked for a timeframe for completion of the investigation. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha said the conspiracy behind the assassination had to be probed as directed by a Tada court.
The court was hearing a plea by A G Perarivalan, one of the convicts whose death sentence was commuted to a life term in the assassination case. He alleged that neither the CBI's special investigation team nor the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) headed by it had proceeded with the probe in a proper perspective to bring the accused to book as several people at the top were involved. He contended that a probe to identify the role of individuals to uncover the larger conspiracy in the killing was required.
Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, appearing for CBI, said investigation was on and it would take some time as some accused were absconding. He said some of the accused were absconding and out of India and extradition proceedings were to be initiated to bring them back.
The apex court had on February 18, 2014 commuted the death sentence of Perarivalan to life imprisonment, along with two other condemned prisoners — Santhan and Murugan — on grounds of a delay of 11 years in deciding their mercy plea by the Centre. Perarivalan alleged that CBI and MDMA, which were entrusted with the task to probe the facts, have not done their work properly and they were delaying the probe.
"The grievance of the petitioner is that the designated Tada court was monitoring the pending investigation on papers only, but without knowing actual facts of the investigation being conducted by CBI (MDMA) for the last about 17 years. The Tada court merely collected sealed covers cluelessly, that too in-chambers vide in-camera proceedings, from the investigating agency every three months once without even opening the said covers for so many years," he said in his petition.
Translated from ரஜீவ் படுகொலை அதிரும் உண்மைகள், dated 2011-06-21
Translated from ராஜீவ் காந்தி படுகொலை தனுவின் நெற்றியில் இருந்த பொட்டு மீண்டும் எழும் சந்தேகங்கள், dated 2011-09-03
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