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Ram Jethmalani questions Rajiv Gandhi's stand on LTTE chief

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani on Monday questioned the stand of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi government's stand on slain LTTE chief V Prabhakaran in 1980s.

Jethmalani said he was yet to understand the "behaviour" of Gandhi who had invited Prabhakaran as a government guest in Delhi and the Indian Army was sent to the island nation thereafter to shoot persons fighting for the Tamil cause.

Ram Jethmalani. Reuters

"That is the deception that took place, that after having invited him (Prabhakaran) and providing him monetary assistance, we sent the Indian army to shoot down the very persons whom we had invited as friends and promised all assistance," he said at a function here attended by MDMK leader Vaiko.

Vaiko demanded constitution of a commission of inquiry probing the role of Indian Army in providing military and logistical support to Sri Lanka and the role of Congress party on Sri Lankan issue.

Vaiko, who had held demonstrations against the recent visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to India, said he would hold much bigger and "peaceful" protest in front of the Prime Minister's residence if President Rajapaksa again visits the country.

PTI