India

‘Releasing Rajiv’s killers will have ramifications’

Centre tells SC former PM's assassination was a 'most heinous and brutal crime' 

New Delhi: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Friday it did not concur with the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, saying remission of their sentence will set a “dangerous precedent”, and have “international ramifications”.

The former PM’s assassination was a “most heinous and brutal crime,” the government said. The Centre added the CBI had opposed the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to release the convicts in the “interest of justice”.

The ‘diabolical’ assassination

  • Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at an election rally.
  • Convicts Nalini, V Sriharan, Suthendraraja, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert & Ravi have been in jail for 25 years.

Home ministry told SC…

The assassination brought the democratic process in the country to a ‘grinding halt’ as elections to the Lok Sabha and some state Assemblies had to be postponed.

(With agency inputs)

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