26 September, 2020

"Delay On The Go Vernment's Part Was Deliberate"

Having survived several legal and political hurdles created by the Government and individuals, the Jain Commission of Inquiry is now preparing its long-awaited first interim report. Justice Milap Chand Jain, the chairman of the one-man commission, ha

"Delay On The Go Vernment's Part Was Deliberate"

You are being criticised for the inordinate delay in the completion of the probe into the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. How do you justify the delay?

There has been no delay on the part of the commission. Initially, the Central government objected to the commission inquiring into the areas where the Special Investigation Team (SIT) had investigated. Then the government took adjournment after adjournment when records of various departments/agencies were required. There was delay on their part and that was all deliberate.

What do you think could be the purpose of these delaying tactics?

I can't say. But on account of this delay, evidence could not be recorded. Then the government moved the Supreme Court seeking to minimise the scope of the terms of reference of the commission. I can say no such objection should have been raised because the commission was created by the government itself and it could have restricted my scope.

Are you getting enough support from the United Front Government?

I am still waiting for some documents. I am...



To read this piece, and more such stories in India's most exciting and exacting magazine, plus get access to our 25-year archives goldmine, please subscribe.

In this article:

Latest Magazine

October 05, 2020

other articles from the issue

articles from the previous issue

Other magazine section