NewDelhi/Nagpur: Refusing to comment on Tamil Nadu government’s decision to give relief to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said it is for the government to decide what should be done. The Congress has moved an adjournment motion in Rajya Sabha against the decision of the Tamil Nadu government.
The Tamil Nadu government had on Wednesday issued a letter seeking Centre’s nod on its decision to release Rajiv Gandhi’s killers. In the letter, the chief secretary had expressed the state’s willingness to release all the 7 convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The move comes after the Supreme Court had ruled that the state governemnt did not hold the power to free the former PM’s assassins without the Centre’s consent. DMK Chief Karunanidhi had also urged the Centre to release the convicts.
The convicts are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini. Gnanadesikan recalled how the Centre had gone to Supreme Court after Tamil Nadu decided on February 19, 2014 to grant remission to them and also referred to the matter pending in court now.
All the seven were convicted by a special TADA court for their role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at Sriperumbudur.