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TN must take steps to free Rajiv Gandhi killers: Ramadoss

IANS  |  Chennai 

PMK founder on Thursday said the government should take steps to release the seven persons convicted in connection with former Rajiv Gandhi's assassination under the Criminal Procedure Code.

Ramadoss also accused the of following different standards when it came to releasing and the seven convicts in the Gandhi assassination case.

The seven convicts are Perarivalan, Murugan, Nalini, Shanthan, Ravichandran, Jayakumar and

Gandhi was assassinated by a Sri Lankan Tamil suicide bomber at an election rally near Chennai in May 1991. The seven, who are Indians or Sri Lankans, were said to be involved in the crime.

In a statement, Ramadoss said the government should exert pressure on to release the seven.

If the does not order their release, then the should take steps to release them under the Criminal Procedure Code.

Ramadoss said it had come to light that Dutt was released by the government without getting the central government's nod though the was convicted under a central for the serial blasts.

He said that as per the order of a Constitution Bench of the in 2015, only the central government has the power to reduce the sentence if a person is convicted under a central law.

The PMK founder said if Dutt was jailed under the Arms Act for illegal possession of a gun, then it is only the central government which had the power to reduce his jail term.

But based on the reply for a question raised by Perarivalan under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the where Dutt was imprisoned, the was released early because of his good conduct, Ramadoss said.

The said the apex court has ordered that the seven convicts can be released based on the recommendation of the cabinet.

It is more than 250 days since the cabinet recommended this to Purohit, he said.

--IANS

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 15:42 IST
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