Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC asks victims’ families to file fresh petitions in 3 weeks

The Supreme Court on September 17 asked the families of the victims in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to amend their petitions and file fresh petitions after three weeks.

The families of the victims have been urging the government to not release the convicts in the case.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit refuted reports in a section of the media that he had forwarded to the Central government the state government’s recommendation to release all the seven convicts in the case.

Raj Bhavan statement reads, “It is clarified that no reference has been made to the Ministry of Home Affairs in the matter. The case is a complex one and involves the examination of legal, administrative and Constitutional issues.”

TN governor said that a decision on the issue would be taken in a “just and fair manner” in accordance with the constitution.

“A section of media has been reporting that in the matter of the release of the convicted prisoners undergoing life imprisonment for involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a reference has been made to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India,” a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan reads.

 Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam suicide bomber along with 14 others in May 1991 during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

Families of other 14 victims have been opposing the release of the convicts after the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham led TN government recommended to get them out of prison.