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Probe team to quiz KP on role in Rajiv killing

[TOI, Saturday, 26 September 2009 20:16 No Comment]

The Rajiv Gandhi assassination case is back under the spotlight. The Multi-disciplinary Monitoring Agency — constituted in 1998 to probe the conspiracy angle in the case, and which got a fresh lease of life with the nabbing of Selvarasa Pathmanathan or KP by the Sri Lankan government recently — is all set to despatch a team to Colombo to question the former chief arms procurer of LTTE, who tried to lead the remnants after the outfit’s fall in May.

“A team will go to Colombo to question KP once we get the political clearance from Sri Lanka,” said BN Misra, chief investigating officer of the MDMA based in Delhi. The earlier plan was to send a questionnaire to Lankan security agencies. But with growing concerns in India about possible “threat perceptions” from the rump of the LTTE and KP’s role in it, India decided to send a team of top CBI and intelligence officials for “deeper interrogation”. On September 22, the top brass of the CBI and intelligence agencies met in New Delhi for a brain-storming session and to prepare the line of questioning.

The team, besides interrogating KP on his role in Rajiv assassination and his possible involvement in the conspiracy, will also probe his links with foreign arms dealers. “KP is a prime accused in the Tongnova case in which 14 have been accused. While 13 were tried and acquitted by courts in Chennai, KP remains an absconding accused,” said Misra.

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