Rajiv`s assassin was sentenced by SC? CBI blooper
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 16:49
New Delhi: In a glaring blooper, CBI has noted on its official website that suicide bomber Dhanu, who assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sriperumbudur in 1991, was successfully put to trial by the agency and later sentenced to death by the apex court.

This is what archives posted on the website of the agency make viewers to believe 20 years after Dhanu blew herself up when she killed the Congress leader. The Rajiv Gandhi assassination is the only major case which found place on the home page of the website.

According to the case details posted on the website, Dhanu, along with three others, was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court.

"The Designated TADA Court in Chennai, after a meticulous trial, gave death sentences to all the 26 accused. However, on an appeal to the Supreme Courts, only four (Dhanu and three others) of them were sentenced to death. Others were given various jail terms," the agency said.

Thenmozhi Rajratnam alias Dhanu was the suicide bomber of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who assassinated Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur, close to Chennai.

She detonated the explosives tied to her waist while bending to touch his feet.

The CBI website link cbi.nic.in has posted details of case investigation on the home page lauding its probe.

"Having found the meaningful clue, the SIT moved fast. Bit by bit, it placed the whole conspiracy in place in 60 days. Almost all the main actors in the tragedy were arrested within 90 days. In about six months, the SIT was ready to have the culprits tried under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

"The Hon’ble Supreme Court praised the CBI and its Special Investigating Team, SIT for doing a good job," it said.


First Published: Tuesday, October 04, 2011, 16:49

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