Rajiv Gandhi murder convict A G Perarivalan has decided to move the Madras High Court to get the government to reveal the findings of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) probing the assassination.
Set up more than a decade ago, the MDMA, which is looking into crucial angles of the case, including the conspiracy behind the murder and the making of the bomb, is yet to complete its probe. The MDMA, a special unit of the CBI, has submitted 66 sealed covers on the progress of the investigation to the designated TADA court so far. However, the TADA court has refused to reveal their contents.
Perarivalan, who was among those sentenced to life and has been in jail since the 1991 assassination, has been filing RTI pleas on the status of MDMA probe.
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Perarivalan’s counsel K Tholkappian said Perarivalan hopes that the MDMA probe will clear him as it is investigating areas left out by the CBI SIT. “This includes the conspiracy angle and foreign involvement in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi (as well as) who actually made the IED belt bomb that killed Rajiv, and where. Despite there being no evidence about who made the bomb or where it was tested, Perarivalan was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 1999 for providing a 9-volt battery cell as power source of the IED. The evidence against him was a confessional statement taken under TADA,” said Tholkappian. In February 2014, Perarivalan’s death penalty was commuted to life.
Then CBI SP V Thiagarajan, who had recorded Perarivalan’s statement, recently said he regrets having altered the words that led to Perarivalan’s conviction and that Perarivalan never accepted that he knew that the battery he was procuring would be used to make the bomb that killed Rajiv. On record, Perarivalan’s TADA statement reads: “…moreover I bought two nine volt battery cells (Golden Power) and gave them to Sivarasan. He used only these to make the bomb explode.”
The MDMA has been filing periodical reports before the TADA court every three months in sealed covers since 2002. Perarivalan has questioned the rights of the TADA court too. “The SC order of 1999 had clarified that TADA was not applicable in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. So MDMA submitting its reports to the TADA court is questionable,” Tholkappian said.