The Tamil film community today hailed Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s decision to release all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case as a bold and just decision.
Representatives from the Tamilnadu Film Directors’ Associstion, Tamilnadu Film Producers’ Council, South Indian Film Artistes’ Association and Film Employees’ Federation of South India extended their support to the CM’s decision, saying that the seven accused had gone through unimaginable hardships during the course of their internment in prison.
Calling the hue and cry raised against the decision as deliberate misdirection by certain parties, they said that there was no doubt behind the Supreme Court’s decision and that the Tamil Nadu government was only taking the logical step forward.
Director R K Selvamani said the film fraternity was pleased at the decision since they felt that it reflected the feelings of 10 crore people. Our main objective is to show our gratitude and support to the CM and to assure her that we will stand by her for her decision,” he said.
The speakers were unanimous in pointing out that the convicted had already served 23 years in prison and with their sentences commuted to life, justice would be done only if they were released. “The Tamil Nadu government has acted in the only way that justice can be served,” said actor Satyaraj.
The meeting held for the announcement was attended by several members of the Tamil film fraternity, including Radha Ravi, directors Ameer and Bharathiraja, poet and lyricist Thamarai and director V Sekhar among others.