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Rajiv assassination case: CBI seeks dismissal of A G Perarivalan's plea

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CBI has sought dismissal of a plea filed in the by one of the convicts in the former assassination case seeking recall of the May 1999 verdict upholding his conviction, saying it was not "maintainable" and his role in the conspiracy was "clearly established".

The agency's affidavit came into the public domain today, a day after said in that he and his sister have "completely forgiven" his father Rajiv Gandhi's killers as they found it "difficult to hate people".

In its affidavit filed in the apex court, the CBI's Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA), which is probing the larger conspiracy aspect behind Gandhi's assassination, has said that the application filed by convict A G was "devoid of merit" and liable to be dismissed at the threshold with heavy cost.

It said the "role of the applicant (Perarivalan) herein in the conspiracy resulting in the and others has been upheld by the apex court and overt act has been clearly established by the law".

"Hence, the claim of the applicant that he is innocent and did not have the knowledge about the conspiracy to assassinate is neither acceptable nor maintainable," the agency said.

The MDMA claimed that Perarivalan's role was not limited to procuring nine-volt batteries alone, which were allegedly used in the improvised (IED) that had killed Gandhi, since he had visited Jaffna in in the first week of June 1990, besides attending a public meeting along with other conspirators which was addressed by former V P Singh on May 7, 1991 in

It alleged that Singh's public meeting was a "dry run" to access the security arrangements provided to a former and Perarivalan's "active participation" in Gandhi's assassination was established.

"It is submitted before this court that the application seeks to reopen the whole matter on merits which would not be permissible in application for recall of order. Thus, it is respectfully submitted that the application deserves to be dismissed at the threshold," it said, adding that his review petition was already dismissed by the top court.

"It is humbly submitted that the present application would be an abuse of the process of the court as it seeks to camouflage an application for a second review as an application for recall of order," it said.

The agency told the court that the matter has already attained finality and 45-year-old Perarivalan's death sentence was earlier commuted to life only on the ground of inordinate delay in deciding the mercy petition.

It said investigation regarding the aspect of improvised used in the belt bomb used by the assassin to kill Gandhi was going on and they have sent letters rogatory to in this regard.

The MDMA also referred to an affidavit by former V Thiagarajan, who had recorded confessional statement of under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.

Thiagarajan has claimed that the convict had expressly stated that at the time of purchase of batteries, he had absolutely no idea for what purpose these were going to be used.

The MDMA's affidavit said that these issues have already been dealt with earlier.

The affidavit was filed in pursuance of the apex court's January 24 direction asking CBI to respond to Perarivalan's plea seeking recall of the May 11, 1999 order upholding his conviction.

The court had earlier termed as "serious" and "debatable" the questions raised by who has sought recall of the apex court's order saying he was not aware of the conspiracy.

Former was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally. Fourteen others, including herself, were also killed.

Gandhi's assassination was perhaps the first case of suicide bombing which had claimed the life of a high-profile leader.

In its May 1999 order, the top court had upheld the death sentence of four convicts -- Perarivalan, Murugan, Santham and Nalini -- in the assassination case.

In April 2000, the had commuted the death sentence of Nalini on the basis of state government's recommendation and an appeal by former and Rajiv Gandhi's widow


On February 18, 2014, the top court had commuted the death sentence of to life imprisonment, along with that of two other prisoners - Santhan and Murugan - on grounds of a delay of 11 years in deciding their mercy pleas by the Centre.

While hearing Perarivalan's plea earlier, the top court had observed that the probe by CBI's MDMA in the larger conspiracy aspect behind Gandhi's assassination did not appear to have achieved "much headway" and could be "endless".

The MDMA, set up in 1998 on the recommendations of which had probed the conspiracy aspect of Gandhi's assassination, is headed by a and comprises officers from IB, and and other agencies.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 20:10 IST
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