Tamil Nadu government recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts

Tamil Nadu government on Sunday decided to send recommendation to the state Governor Banwarilal Purohit to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar told reporters that under the leadership of Chief Minister K Palaniswami, a resolution to this effect was adopted by the state cabinet.

The recommendation to the Governor is to release the seven convicts, Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini who are serving life imprisonment.

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the Tamil Nadu Governor to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution.

Though the Supreme court had asked the Governor to consider the plea of Perarivalan, the AIADMK 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 by an LTTE woman suicide bomber at an election rally.