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The Rajiv assassination: What happened, when
A chronology of events from the day of Rajiv Gandhi's assassination up to the judgment of the case.
May 21, 1991
1900 hours:Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi arrives at the Madras airport from Visakhapatnam en route to Sriperumbudur.
2200 hours: Reaches Sriperumbudur and garlands Indira Gandhi's statue.
2220 hours: Assassinated before he could address an election rally. Seventeen others, including Dhanu the human bomb perish in the bomb blast.
May 22, 1991:
State police registers case and recovers the camera which films the assassination and other evidences from the scene. D R Karthikeyan, the senior Central Bureau of Investigation officer tipped to be in charge of the investigation, visits the scene of blast.
May 24, 1991:
The CBI forms the Special Investigation Team. Karthikeyan takes over as SIT chief. Judge S M Siddick appointed judge of the designated court to try the case.
May 25, 1991:
Sivarasan, stand by assassin Subha, Nalini and two others visit Tirupati, worship and return the next day.
May 26, 1991:
Sivarasan packs up Subha to Pollachi. She returns to the city later.
June 11, 1991:
Bhagyanathan and Padma held. The first arrest in the case.
June 14, 1991:
Nalini, the first accused, and her husband Murugan arrested.
June 28, 1991:
Sivarasan, Subha and others escape in an empty tanker from Madras to Bangalore. They reach Bangalore the next day.
August 18, 1991:
The SIT traps Sivarasan and others in their Konanakunte hide-out in suburban Bangalore. Sivarasan shoots himself and Subha and five others consume cyanide and die.
August 29, 1991:
Rangan, the last accused in the case, arrested.
May 20, 1992:
SIT files chargesheet before the designated court.
May 5, 1993:
Pre-trial begins in the high security prison at suburban Poonamallee.
November 2, 1993:
Pre-trial proceedings end.
November 24, 1993:
Charges framed against the accused.
January 19, 1994:
In-camera trial and examination of witnesses begin.
May 29, 1994:
LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabhakaran, intelligence chief Pottu Amman and women's wing leader Akila declared as proclaimed offenders.
June 3, 1994:
The Indian government sends requisitions to Sri Lankan government seeking extradition of Prabhakaran, Pottu Amman and Akila.
December 30, 1996:
V Navaneetham takes over as judge after Judge Siddickk is appointed a judge of the Madras high court.
June 21, 1997:
Questioning of the accused based on the deposition of the witnesses begins.
July 21, 1997:
Prosecution begins summing up of the case and ends it on August 11, 1997.
August 14, 1997:
Presentation of defence case begins and ends on November 5, 1997.
November 5, 1997:
The marathon trial ends. Judge reserves orders for January 28.
January 28, 1997:
Judge finds all 26 accused guilty, says LTTE was responsible for Rajiv's death.
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