Staff Reporter

ERODE: Communist Party of India’s State Secretary D. Pandian has sought reinvestigation into Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Addressing journalists in Erode on Monday, he said the case needed a reinvestigation but refused to elaborate why.

All that he said was, “Read the book authored by Ragothaman, chief investigating officer of the Special Investigation Team, which probed Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, and you will know why.” Asked about Congress leaders opposition to pardon and release Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Nalini Sriharan, he said the matter was sub judice and it was for the courts to decide.

Mr. Pandian termed “farce” the recent elections in Sri Lanka and claimed that the Tamil people there would suffer more under President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He demanded that the Union Government announce openly its policy on Tamils and towards the government in the island nation.

“The Prime Minister should come out openly and state what the policy is; not National Security Advisor or some official.”

He also urged political parties to speak in unison for the Tamils, who, he said, were “suffering” in camps.

On the move to introduce genetically modified brinjal, Mr. Pandian asked, “What is the need and who demanded genetic modification to the vegetable.”

He said rather than trying to modify the genes of brinjal or other vegetables, the scientists should try to conserve and promote existing, traditional varieties.