22 September, 2020

Villain No. 3: Milap Chand Jain

Who is the real villain? Justice Jain or his 5,000-plus page Interim Report?

Villain No. 3: Milap Chand Jain
Who is the real villain? Justice Jain or his 5,000-plus page Interim Report? While the judge is known as an honourable gentleman, by no reckoning can the findings of the commission named after him be dismissed as sheets of paper bound together. It is more in the fashion of a diabolic force; an untamed beast which leaves behind a trail of victims.

The force called the Interim Report of the Jain Commission of Inquiry into the Rajiv Gandhi assassination has already claimed the scalp of the United Front government. It has virtually brought to a grinding halt the political career of P.V. Narasimha Rao. Two other former prime ministers—V.P. Singh and Chandra Shekhar—stand indicted. And the entire Tamil population has been branded as having collaborated in the ghastly 1991 killing at Sriperumbudur.

The list of victims does not end there. India’s relations with Nepal struck a sour note after the unconfirmed RAW report included in the Interim Report spoke of a conspiracy involving the queen of Nepal to kill Rajiv. The MEA had to deny the report and tender...



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