Supreme Court Asks Centre The Progress Made By MDMA In Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the central government to submit an explanation regarding the investigation into the conspiracy behind making and supplying the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi.

New Delhi: 26 years after the killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Supreme Court on Thursday questioned who made and supplied the bomb that killed him.

A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the central government to submit an explanation regarding the investigation into the conspiracy behind making and supplying the bomb.

It may be recalled that on May 21, 1991, a woman suicide bomber, who reportedly had the deadly explosive strapped around her body in a belt triggered the bomb and killed Rajiv Gandhi.

The court also wanted to know the progress of investigation done by the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) that was assigned the responsibility of probing the assassination of the former prime minister.

The bench asked counsel PK Dey, who represented MDMA, to furnish in court a report on reinvestigation or progress of the investigation into the conspiracy of making the bomb.

“We want solicitor general or an additional solicitor general to tell us about the status of investigation on this point. What has been the result of such re-investigation or further investigation?” asked the bench, adjourning the matter to next Wednesday.

As advocate Gopal Sankarnarayanan raised the point that there was no clarification in the MDMA reports as to how the bomb was made, who made, and how it was supplied. He represented AG Perarivalan, who is undergoing life sentence in the assassination case for supplying two batteries that were reportedly used in the bomb.

Arguing the innocence of his client and questioning the conviction on this ground, the advocate has said that a report on conspiracy to make the bomb would help his client prove his innocence.

The MDMA, comprising experts from the CBI and central intelligence agencies, was constituted through a government order on December 2, 1998, as a unit of the CBI in New Delhi with a branch in Chennai.

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