16 January, 2021

Et Tu, Pranab?

Depositions could indict Pranab Mukherjee and consolidate the case against Chandraswami

Et Tu, Pranab?

SENIOR Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee is the latest in a long list of VIPs whose intent has been put in doubt by the Jain Commission probing Rajiv Gandhi's assassination. He is said to have been aware of the larger conspiracy to kill Rajiv. And further corroboration of the role played by godman Chandraswami in the assassination has come in the form of depositions before the commission by individuals and security agencies, who say the godman made several pronouncements "on finishing off the Nehru dynasty".

The crucial deposition comes from Ramesh Dalal, a former Chandraswami devotee and self-styled president of the Netaji Subhash  Sena, a 'non-political organisation'. Dalal says that in 1986 the godman called a meeting of prominent Congress rebels like Pranab, P.V. Nara-simha Rao, A.P. Sharma, Prakash Mehrotra, S.S. Mohapatra and Gundu Rao. At the meeting, held at 18 Willingdon Crescent, Delhi, Chandraswami asked Congressmen to elect a new leader. Then, Dalal says, a difference of opinion ensued between Rao and Pranab on who should lead.

Gundu Rao...



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