India had sought the details on the bank accounts of Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias ‘KP’ and some of his associates as part of the investigations over the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, reports said today.
The Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) in India had sought permission from the Sri Lankan authorities to question the alleged financier of the LTTE.
“The MDMA is keen to know about the bank details of Selvarasa Pathmanathan alias ‘KP’ and some of his associates. The agency had written to the Sri Lankan authorities in this regard earlier but no positive response came from the authority concerned”, the Asian Age quoted sources as saying.
The MDMA, which was set up in 1998, comprises experts from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other Central agencies.
The MDMA, running on a skeleton staff, was set up on the recommendation of retired judge Milap Chand Jain, whose own inquiry into the conspiracy theory was called off in 1998. Jain wanted the MDMA to look into several areas he could not investigate.
“The MDMA has been conducting further investigations in RC 9 (S)/1991-SCB/MAS (Rajiv Gandhi assassination case) after obtaining necessary permission from the designated Tada court, Chennai under section 173 (B) of the CrPC”, sources said.
The former Prime Minister was assassinated on May 21, 1991, when a LTTE suicide bomber blew herself up at an election rally in Tamil Nadu. (Colombo Gazette)