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Not much headway made by CBI in Rajiv murder conspiracy probe by: SC

The top court also arrayed the Centre as a party in the plea filed by one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The Supreme today said the CBI-led investigation in the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister does not appear to have achieved "much headway". The apex referred to the reports filed before it by the and observed that the investigation by the (MDMA) could be "endless". The MDMA is headed by a official and comprises officers from IB, RAW and Intelligence and other agencies. "The MDMA is investigating the larger conspiracy. From reports, it doesn't seem that there is much headway.

So this enquiry could be endless," a bench comprising Justices and R Banumathi said. The top also arrayed the Centre as a party in the plea filed by one of the convicts in the assassination case. The bench fixed the matter for hearing on January 24. The apex had on November 14 asked the to respond to a plea of the convict, A G Perarivalan, seeking suspension of his sentence till the concluded its probe into the conspiracy behind the making of the belt bomb that killed Gandhi and several others. The asked the Centre to clarify its stand on the plea by Perarivalan, whose death sentence was earlier commuted to life term by the apex In his plea, Perarivalan has told the that he was held guilty for supplying two nine-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Gandhi on May 21, 1991, but the probe by CBI-led MDMA relating to the IED was still going on. The convict has said he has spent 26 years behind bars in connection with the case, while the Tamil Nadu has already decided to set him free by remitting the remaining portion of his sentence. was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at an election rally. Fourteen 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 Centre had earlier filed in a sealed cover a report on the investigation being carried out on the conspiracy aspect behind the making of the bomb that had killed Gandhi. The apex had on August 17 asked the Centre and to apprise it of the probe being carried out on the conspiracy aspect behind the making of bomb after Perarivalan had claimed that this aspect was not being probed properly. The apex 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 pleas by the Centre.

First Published: Tue, December 12 2017. 13:30 IST