Rajiv Gandhi Assassination: Centre denies release of killers in Supreme Court

New Delhi | The Central Government on Friday told the Supreme Court that the killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi jailed in Tamil Nadu won’t be released.

The Central government further stated that the probing agency in the case i.e CBI has also opposed the release of the 7 convicts. The Central government also told the apex court that the Tamil Nadu government has been already informed about the decision on April 18.

Earlier the Supreme Court’s constitutional bench had asked the Central government’s response on the petition filed by the Tamil Nadu government for the release of the convicts. The top court had already clarified in its 2015 decision that the convicts who have completed 27 years of sentence cant be released without the consent of the Central Government. The Madras high court in April this year had rejected the request of early release of one of the convicts.

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in the year 1991 in Tamil Nadu’s ShreeParembadur in a suicide bomb attack. Separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE took the responsibility for the attack. Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini Sriharan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, are serving life terms in the assassination case of Rajiv Gandhi.


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