The CBI has sought extension of the term of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) — probing the conspiracy behind former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
The Government, according to the official sources, was yet to take a decision on extending its term which ended on May 31.
CBI sources said MDMA was still functional as it expected a post-facto approval from the government. The CBI heads the MDMA and officials from intelligence agencies, like IB, RAW and Revenue Intelligence were a part of the Agency.
The MDMA was set up by the BJP government in 1998 on the recommendations of the Jain Commission to further look into the leads that had come up.
The Commission had come across various leads, which included bank transactions of the LTTE’s frontal outfits, before and after the assassination, and movement of arms meant for LTTE during that period.
The bank transactions included those in the now-defunct Bank of Credit and Commerce International.
The links of key accused Sivarasan — who was found dead on the outskirts of Bangalore — as well as the role of controversial Godman Chandraswami were also recommended for further investigation. According to sources, MDMA had also unearthed at least 50 bank transactions allegedly at the behest of Chandraswami.
Since the MDMA was set up, it has sent Letters Rogatory to 23 countries to enable the probe, but only five have responded so far.
MDMA was also focusing on bank details of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam financier Kumaran Padmanathan alias 'KP'. India has also taken up the matter with Germany to get the bank details of KP, who is alleged to be a major gun-runner for the LTTE.
The main impediment for the CBI was that several countries -- including Germany, Australia, Switzerland and the Netherlands -- demanded an undertaking that the death penalty would not be imposed or carried out against any such person.
India wants to know the bank details of KP and some more people, including some Indians who were alleged to have hatched the conspiracy to kill Gandhi.
The former prime minister was assassinated on May 21, 1991 when an LTTE suicide bomber blew herself up at an election rally in Tamil Nadu.
KP is believed to be 'the chief arms procurer' for the LTTE and also in-charge of collection of finances for the banned outfit outside Sri Lanka.
Two commissions of inquiry were set up to probe Rajiv Gandhi's murder. While the Justice JS Verma Commission had probed the aspect of security lapses, the MC Jain Commission investigated the conspiracy angle.