A PIL seeking to reinvestigate the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been filed in the Madras High Court bench in Madurai on Tuesday.

The petitioner, V. Santhakumaresan, an advocate, said in his PIL that “the reinvestigation, in the interest of justice, may bring out buried truths”.

The grounds under which the petitioner sought reinvestigation included the reported statement of CBI investigating officer Ragothaman in an interview to a Tamil channel recently. Mr. Ragothaman said that video clippings and recorded tapes of the case had not been handed over to the Special Investigation team.

The petitioner said Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, who were facing death sentence in the case should be protected against this background, .

There was no tangible evidence to prove the involvement of LTTE in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Mr. Santhakumaresan said.

He said he had given representation to Secretary, External Affairs, Director of Research and Analysis Wing and Additional Director of CBI to reinvestigate the case. But no action had been taken so far.

The Supreme Court had given two different views on hanging cases — that of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar and Mahendra Nath Das.

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