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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: DMK seeks release of convicts

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] 

The (DMK) on Saturday urged the to hold a cabinet meeting immediately to pass a resolution and recommend the state's to immediately release all those convicted in the assassination case.

A resolution in this regard was first passed in an internal meeting of the DMK earlier in the day. The meeting was attended by the party district secretary, of of

This came after the directed the government to approach the to consider the mercy petition of AG Perarivalan, a convict in the 1991 assassination case, and others.

Following this, sources confirmed to ANI that the government has called a state cabinet meeting on September 9 to discuss the same.

Meanwhile, Nalini Sriharan, one among the seven convicts in the case, withdrew her plea seeking six months parole for attending her daughter's marriage.

Nalini is presently serving a life sentence in Vellore women's prison. She was two months pregnant when she was arrested in connection with the case in 1991.

was assassinated by a suspected (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur in May 1991.

On August 10, the Centre had told the that it does not concur with the government's proposal to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, namely Nalini, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran.

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First Published: Sat, September 08 2018. 16:35 IST