Sad at TN Government Decision to Free Rajiv Assassins: Rahul

Published: 19th February 2014 06:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2014 07:04 PM   |  A+A-

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Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he was sad over the Tamil Nadu government's decision to set free all the seven people convicted in the assassination of his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Rahul, however, said he was not in favour of death penalty.

The Congress leader was 21 when Rajiv was killed by a suicide bomber at an election rally in Sriperumbedur, near Chennai, on May 21, 1991.

"I am sad the killers are being released," Rahul said with a tinge of emotion, while noting that the assassins of his father, who worked for the rights of the people, were being set free.

Rahul also said that if a Prime Minister, who sacrificed his life for the nation, does not get justice how will a common man get justice.

"If some person kills the PM and is released then how will a common man will get justice. It's a point to ponder," said Rahul.

Rahul said he does not believe in capital punishment as it won't bring his father back.

"I don't believe in capital punishment as it won't  bring my father back. But it is not just a matter of my father or the family, it is the matter of the country," he said while addressing a gathering at Purab village here in Jagdishpur.

Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday decided to set free within  three days all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi  assassination case after the Supreme Court commuted the death penalty of three assassins.

Besides Santhan, Murugan, the husband of Nalini, Perarivalan, who earned a major reprieve from the apex court on Tuesday which spared them from gallows, Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran would walk out from prison.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who took the decision  for early release of the Rajiv killers at an emergency Cabinet meeting convened this morning over the issue, made a suo motu announcement in the state assembly. 

 

Also Read:

Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: Tracing the Trial 

I Am Extremely Happy, I Thank CM: Perarivalan's Mother

A Jubilant Mood at Vellore Prison

Hope for an End to Capital Punishment 

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