Controversy erupts around investigation into Rajiv Gandhi assassination

Controversy erupts around investigation into Rajiv Gandhi assassination

Controversy erupts around investigation into Rajiv Gandhi assassination

Written by Bella Dalima

27 Nov, 2013 | 1:56 am

Controversy has erupted around the investigation into the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, following a recent statement made by the former Director General of Police in India, V. Thiyagarajan, regarding the statement of Perarivalan, who has been sentenced to death for his role in the assassination.

Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan have been sentenced to death in this case while the defendant Nalini has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

V. Thiyagarajan was tasked with recording the statements of the three defendants. V.Thiyagarajan has now revealed that certain errors had occurred when translating the statement that Perarivalan had given to him into English.

He shared these views with Newsfirst;

“Before the assassination, Sivarasan had asked him to buy some batteries and he too had gone to the store and bought batteries. He accepted this. He said however, that he does not know for what reason they wanted the batteries. He said that he did not know that there was to be an assassination. At one instance during his statement he had said that he did not know that Rajiv Gandhi was to be assassinated. As a security officer, I was under pressure. I did not note the part where he said that he did not know anything about the assassination. Neither did I note that Sivarasan had informed Perarivalan that Rajiv Gandhi was to be assassinated. I recorded the statement but before it was submitted to court in Delhi, it was translated into English by a group of persons. When the statement I recorded was translated into English it noted that he had bought the batteries that were used in the assassination.”

An earlier plea for leniency for the two convicts sentenced to death had been rejected by the then Indian President Prathiba Patil. Court had postponed the carrying out of the death sentence owing to differing views on capital punishment in the state of Tamil Nadu at the time.

V.Thiyagarajan expressed his belief that his statement would allow Perarivalan to once again file a petition against his death sentence.

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