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TN cabinet recommends release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts

ANI  |  Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India] 

The cabinet on Sunday recommended the release of all the seven convicts in the former Gandhi assassination case.

said that the decision for the recommendation to was made in a cabinet meeting led by

The decision comes days after the asked the government to seek redressal and direction from the for its demand to release the convicts in the case.

The apex court had also directed the to approach the to consider the mercy petition of one of the convicts, A G Perarivalan.

All the seven convicts - Nalini, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran are serving life terms and had been in jail for the last 27 years.

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

Besides this, the state cabinet also recommended renaming of the Chennai Central station after former

"recommends re-naming of Chennai Central railway station as Central railway station," Jayakumar said addressing the media after the meeting.

The also urged the Centre to accord 'Bharat Ratna' to former

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First Published: Sun, September 09 2018. 20:26 IST