A former Tamil Nadu police inspector who was part of the CBI team that probed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 approached the Madras High Court on Tuesday,seeking further investigation into the role played by former arms procurer of the LTTE who is now based out of Sri Lanka after making peace with the government there.
J Mohanraj,a CBI inspector who took voluntary retirement in 1997,petitioned the court to question Kumaran Pathmanathan alias KP,the former chief arms procurer of the rebels,on the conspiracy behind the assassination that is still being investigated by the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) headed by the CBI,comprising IB,RAW and Revenue Intelligence.
There was an allegation that the explosives used in the assassination were sent to Chennai from Singapore by KP. The Jain Commission report had said that KP had prior knowledge of the plot,but the CBI did not make any effort to arrest and question him,said Mohanraj. After his arrest by Sri Lankan government in 2009,the cases against him were repealed and he is a free man now,he added.
Admitting the petition,the Bench ordered notices be issued to the Centre,to be responded by August 5.