India examines Tamil Nadu move to free LTTE convicts who killed Rajiv

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 by the LTTE.The Supreme Court had said that Tamil Nadu cannot free the convicts without consulting the Centre. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil Nadu Government on Wednesday wrote to the Home Ministry seeking its opinion on releasing seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Raising the issue, Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress demanded that the letter should not be entertained at all. “The assassins must not be released to uphold integrity of the country,” he said. The letter stated that while the state has already decided to release the seven convicts, it is necessary to seek the Centre’s opinion under Section 435 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.The letter said that the Tamil Nadu Government had received petitions from all seven convicts – Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Nalini – requesting that they should be released since they had spent 24 years in prison. The Indian Government on Thursday said it was examining the Tamil Nadu Government’s letter regarding the release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins which includes former LTTE members.Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that the Supreme Court had already given its decision on the matter, and now it is the constitutional and moral responsibility of the government to abide by the decision of the apex court, the ANI news service reported.

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