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TN govt to recommend release of convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

The Cabinet resolution will be sent to the Governor "immediately," said State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

Rajiv Gandhi
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi with wife Sonia Gandhi

The Cabinet has decided to recommend to the State Banwarilal Purohit the release of all seven life convicts in the assassination case.

The convicts include Murugan, Santhan, A G Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, and

Former was assassinated on May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur near Chennai by an LTTE woman suicide bomber, Dhanu, at an election rally. Fourteen others, including herself, were also killed. The others, allegedly involved in the assassination, are behind bars.

A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of the State Cabinet in Chennai.

The move comes days after the asked the to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution and disposed of the Centre’s petition opposing government’s earlier proposal for the release of the convicts.

Although the apex court had asked the to consider Perarivalan's plea, the government has decided to recommend setting free all others, as they had also petitioned seeking premature release.

The Cabinet resolution will be sent to the Governor “immediately,” said State Fisheries Minister D

First Published: Sun, September 09 2018. 19:34 IST
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