Tamil Nadu cabinet to recommend release of all Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts

A resolution to this effect was adopted at the state cabinet meeting here under Chief Minister K Palaniswami's leadership.

Published: 09th September 2018 07:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 10th September 2018 05:29 AM   |  A+A-

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A G Perarivalan (Photo | File)

By PTI

CHENNAI: The AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu Sunday decided to recommend to the state Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

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A resolution to this effect was adopted at the state cabinet meeting here under Chief Minister K Palaniswami's leadership, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters.

It decided to recommend to Governor Purohit, the release of Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini, serving life imprisonment.

The move comes days after the Supreme Court asked the Tamil Nadu Governor to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution and disposed of the Centre's petition opposing Tamil Nadu government's earlier proposal for the release of the convicts.

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Though the apex court had asked the Governor to consider the plea of Perarivalan, the government decided to recommend setting free all others also as they had also petitioned seeking premature release, he said.

The cabinet resolution will be sent to the Governor "immediately," he said.

Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur near here by an LTTE woman suicide bomber, Dhanu, at an election rally.

Fourteen others, including Dhanu herself, were also killed.

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