Narayanan as IB chief 'suppressed' Rajiv assassination video: former CBI officer

A former CBI officer, who probed the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has claimed that a video purportedly showing the assassin Dhanu at the public meeting at Sriperumbudur on the fateful day had been suppressed by then IB chief M K Narayanan, now West Bengal Governor.

A letter written in this regard by Narayanan to then Prime Minister Chandrashekar makes a reference to the video but it was never brought to the notice of the Special Investigating Team, its then Chief Investigating Officer K Ragothaman has said in his latest book "Conspiracy to kill Rajiv Gandhi - From CBI files".

"The SIT came to know of the video following a mention by the Justice Verma Commission (constituted to probe the assassination) as it was never brought to SIT's notice," he told PTI here.

Narayanan was not available for comments. Raj Bhawan officials in Kolkata said he is on a visit to Australia.

The video was shot by a local videographer hired by the organisers of that fateful public meeting, he said.

The letter by Narayanan, published as Annexure in the book says: "Barricading in the site of the meeting (to be addressed by Gandhi) was rudimentary. Neither double nor effecting barricade was evident. It was hence possible for those in the unsterilized areas to have access to the sterilized zone.

It has not yet been possible whether the lady (assassin Dhanu) made her way into the sterilised zone once Rajiv Gandhi approached or whether she had previously managed to stand in line as one of those offering salutations to Rajiv Gandhi.

Video pictures of this part of the meeting are presently being scanned to try and identify the lady," the letter by Narayanan said as mentioned in Raghothaman's book.
"It is a suicidal note from him. Had he not written it we would not have come to know (about the video)," Raghothaman said.

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