Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Tamil Nadu governor denies reports of forwarding release request to Centre

Chennai | Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday denied media reports of Governor’s office forwarding the state government’s recommendation the release of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination to the Union Home Ministry.

In an issued statement Governor’s office ‘Raj Bhawan’ said,”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.”

The Statement further added that a decision on the issue would be taken in a “just and fair manner” in accordance with the Constitution. Earlier the Tamil Nadu government in a cabinet meeting headed by Chief Minister E Paliiniswami decided to recommend the release of all the convicts: Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran serving life terms for assassinating the Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

Then Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack during a public rally in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991 by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

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