A week before the promised report on the conspiracy part of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the P.V. Narasimha Rao Government seems all set to clip the wings of the Jain Commission of inquiry. The Government filed a special leave petition (SLP) before the Supreme Court on December 22, its last working day of the year, seeking to restrain the Jain Commission from going into any aspect dealing with the role of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
If it gets the apex court's approval, the SLP would automatically render the Commission—set up specifically to look into the conspiracy angle—almost infructuous: it seeks to exclude from the scope of its inquiry the vital period from 1981 to June 1987. The 546-page document filed by Additional Solicitor General K.T.S. Tulsi also seeks to nullify the Commission's earlier order for CBI Special Investigation Team's (SIT) case diary, which pertains to the LTTE role.
In detail, the SLP seeks mainly to:
- exclude the LTTE from the purview of the Commission;
- nullify the Commission's order...