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Ram Jethmalani fires his anti-Rajiv Gandhi salvo again

New Delhi, Nov 28 (): Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani on November 26 questioned the stand of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi government’s stand on slain LTTE chief Prabhakaran in 1980s.

“Rajiv Gandhi had invited Prabhakaran as a government guest in New Delhi and sent the Indian Army to Sri Lanka to shoot down persons fighting for the cause of Eelam Tamils,” said Jethmalani and added that he failed to understand this ‘behaviour’ of Rajiv Gandhi.

At a function here attended by MDMK leader Vaiko, Ram Jethmalani stated that was the ‘deceptive’ stand taken by Rajiv Gandhi. He said that Rajiv Gandhi had invited Prabhakaran to New Delhi and provided him with financial assistance. Then he sent the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to kill the very persons who were treated as friends and assured of assistance.

Known as the highest paid advocate in the country, Ram Jethmalani is an acclaimed lawyer who has a number of high-profile and controversial cases to his credit. He is a person known to speak his mind.

He stirred up a storm relating to Rajiv Gandhi during a discussion about black money in December 2011. Jethmalani caused a pandemonium in Parliament by indirectly referring to Rajiv Gandhi when he stated that a Swiss newspaper named an ‘Indian PM.’

In August 2011, he has appeared in a case in which he pleaded to stay the execution orders of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan who were convicted and sentenced to death in the case of assassination of Rajiv Gandhi during an election rally at Sriperumbudur in May 1991 by a LTTE suicide bomber. After the court’s interim order, he told pressmen that the Madras High Court had done justice. BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu had clarified then that Jethmalani’s decision to fight the case was in his personal capacity as an advocate and not in towing with the party line.

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