Modi govt disbanded MDMA, agency probing Rajiv Gandhi assassination
Modi govt disbanded MDMA, agency probing Rajiv Gandhi assassination

New Delhi: The Modi government at the Center has discarded the 24-year-old Multidisciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) set up to investigate the wider conspiracy in the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi. Officials have given this information on Tuesday (October 18). The MDMA was functioning under the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and included officers from several central security agencies. Officials said the dissolution orders of the agency were issued in May and the pending investigation has been handed over to a separate unit of the CBI.

The MDMA was established in 1998 on the recommendation of the MC Jain Commission for only two years and was given an annual extension, but it failed to achieve any major success. The agency, headed by an officer of the rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police, had sent 24 request letters to nations like Sri Lanka, the UK and Malaysia seeking information on various aspects of the case, including banking transactions. He said these countries responded to more than 20 requests and only a few were left. 

Sources said that the investigation is almost complete and the issue of some pending judicial requests or letters of the request sent by MDMA will now be looked into by the CBI. He said that the MDMA was initially headed by a Joint Director-level officer before being handed over to the Deputy Inspector General (DIG), who did not make any surprising revelations about the conspiracy in several countries. Let us tell you that on May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by an LTTE suicide bomber named Dhanu during an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. 

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