Will Explore All Ways to Free Convicts: Jaya - The New Indian Express

Will Explore All Ways to Free Convicts: Jaya

Published: 25th February 2014 08:28 AM

Last Updated: 25th February 2014 08:29 AM

On a day when the Centre moved the Supreme Court to prevent the release of four of the seven Rajiv Gandhi case convicts, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday indicated her resolve to get all seven freed. The State will do whatever is legally necessary, she asserted.

In Delhi, a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed to hear the Centre’s plea on Thursday. Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra told the bench that a “substantial” petition containing names of all seven convicts has been filed and the case be heard on an urgent basis.

The Supreme Court had on February 20 stayed the release of three convicts, Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan - whose death sentence was commuted to life term by it on February 18 - saying it wanted to look into the procedural lapses on the part of the State on the decision to release them.

In Chennai, asked about the Centre’s petition before the Supreme Court, the Chief Minister said: “We are aware of that. They have written to us that they are going to file a review petition. We will counter it in the court. The State government will do whatever necessary legally.”

The Chief Minister added, “the matter is now in the court and we should not discuss a matter which is before the court.”

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