Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC issues notice to CBI


New Delhi, December 14: The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking an explanation for why it missed probe into “allegations of a larger conspiracy behind former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination” in 1991 despite an order from a Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) Court.

Bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and L Nageshwara Rao posed a query to CBI after one of the convicts in the case AG Perarivalan alleged that the latter did not investigate the case with larger conspiracy angle.

Perarivalan’s counsel told the court that the Chennai-based court had directed the agency to look into the “left out area” of the earlier investigation into the case.

The Counsel in the court said: What was followed by the CBI was a ‘Boom Theory’. That is there is a death, followed by an investigation into the boom and trial focusing on the boom. But they have not gone into whether there was a larger conspiracy… It is this question which requires investigation.

Following this, the court ordered the issue of notice, seeking a response from the CBI.

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991, by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. The convicts, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini Sriharan, Robert Pious, JayaKumara and Ravichandran are serving life terms for culminating the offensive.

Wefornews Bureau (Inputs from The Hindu)

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