Central government of India refuses to release Rajiv Ghandi killers by contravening the Supreme Court judgement


The Tamil Nadu government has written a letter to Union home secretary saying it is prepared to release the seven people convicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

In Parliament, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government would abide by the Supreme Court order on the case and decide as per the laid down norms.

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge said the Tamil Nadu government’s letter to the Centre on Rajiv Gandhi’s killers release shouldn’t be entertained.

However, the central government approached the apex court against Tamil Nadu’s decision.

Citing the Tamil Nadu government’s February 19th, 2014 letter, the chief secretary said that the ministry was requested to indicate the views of the Centre, if any, within three days on the proposal to the remit the sentence of the life imprisonment and to release the seven people.

The convicts are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini.

The Supreme Court has already rejected this plea of several organisations and there is no question of supporting such a move.

Murugan, Santhan, Jayakumar and Robert Payas are Sri Lankan nationals.