Eleven years after it was set up by the BJP-led NDA government to probe the wider conspiracy behind the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, the Central Bureau of Investigation’s Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) is yet to wrap up its probe and has asked for yet another extension.
“The CBI has asked the government for an extension of the MDMA’s term, which expired on May 31,” confirmed agency spokesperson Harsh Bhal.
If the extension is granted, the MDMA will get another year to unmask the involvement of the men who allegedly financed and procured arms, explosives and sophisticated communications equipments for the assassination.
Till now, the MDMA has submitted around 40 status reports at a designated Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act court in Chennai, said a source. “Yet we are not close to wrapping the probe,” he conceded.
At the centre of the MDMA probe, said a senior investigator, who requested anonymity as he is not authorised to speak, is Sri Lankan national Kumaran Padmanathan alias KP — the absconding chief procurer of arms/funds/technical-communication equipments for the LTTE — and Indian ‘godman’ Nemi Chand Jain alias Chandraswamy.