Rajiv Gandhi assassination special investigation agency dissolved
Rajiv Gandhi assassination special investigation agency dissolved: 24 years ago, on the recommendation of the Jain Commission, was detecting foreign conspiracy
The Central Government has dissolved the Special Investigation Agency set up to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. This Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) was formed to investigate any major conspiracy behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi. It was created in 1988 on the recommendation of the Jain Commission.
This special agency i.e. MDMA was working under CBI for the last 24 years. Officers of many central security agencies were involved in this. According to the news agency PTI, the order to dissolve the agency was issued in May. Further investigation into this matter will be done by a separate unit of CBI.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21 May 1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. He was attacked by a suicide attack by LTTE activist Dhanu. In 1998, the Jain Commission set up to investigate the case and recommended the formation of a special agency to investigate the foreign conspiracy behind the murder. The MDMA, which was initially for two years, was being given an extension every year till now, but it failed to achieve any major success related to the case.
MDMA was working under the leadership of the Deputy Inspector General of Police i.e. DIG rank officer. It had sent 24 letters to countries like Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and Malaysia seeking information on banking transactions and connections of those linked to the murder. The agency had also received replies to more than 20 of these. News agency PTI quoted sources as saying that in this case, judicial or other legal aspects will also be looked after by the CBI.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991, by an LTTE suicide bomber named Dhanu during an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. LTTE woman terrorist Dhanu (Tenmoji Rajaratnam) after wearing a flower necklace on Rajiv touched his feet and bent down and detonated explosives tied on the waist. The explosion was so strong that many people were blown to pieces. 16 people, including Rajiv and the attacker Dhanu, died on the spot, while 45 people were seriously injured.
Rajiv had sent peacekeeping forces to Sri Lanka during his tenure, due to which the Tamil rebel organization LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) was angry with him. In 1991, when Rajiv Gandhi went to Sriperumbudur near Chennai to campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, the LTTE carried out a suicide attack on Rajiv there.
After the assassination of Indira Gandhi in 1984, Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister. The Congress had managed to win three-fourths of the seats in the Lok Sabha elections. At that time Congress won 414 seats out of 533. When Rajiv became the Prime Minister, he was only 40 years old. He was the youngest Prime Minister of the country. During his tenure, he made a comprehensive plan to install computers in schools. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas were established during the tenure of Rajiv Gandhi. Telephone reached from village to village through PCO.
During this, allegations of corruption were also levelled against him. The Rajiv government was criticized for the Sikh riots, the Bhopal gas incident, the Shah Bano case, the Bofors scandal, black money and the Sri Lanka policy. So the Congress was defeated in the election and VP Singh's government was formed. This government fell in 1990 and Chandrashekhar's government was formed with the support of Congress. This government also fell in 1991 and elections were announced. Rajiv had gone to Tamil Nadu to campaign for these elections. where he was murdered.
In the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the trial court awarded the death sentence to 26 convicts involved in the conspiracy. In May 1999, the Supreme Court acquitted 19 people. Four of the remaining seven accused (Nalini, Murugan alias Sriharan, Santhan and Perarivalan) were sentenced to death and the rest (Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Jayakumar) were given life imprisonment. On the mercy petition of the four, the Tamil Nadu Governor commuted Nalini's death sentence to life imprisonment. The mercy petition of the rest of the accused was rejected by the President in 2011.