Amid emotional plea by Perarivalan's mom, TN promises steps to release Rajiv convicts

Amid emotional plea by Perarivalan’s mom, TN promises steps to release Rajiv convicts

With President Ram Nath Kovind rejecting the Tamil Nadu government’s request to release the seven prisoners convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Perarivalan’s mother Arupatham Ammal has said it is better to kill her son than to keep him in jail for decades.

“I don’t want my son to live in agony anymore. I am going to write to the state and central governments seeking euthanasia for my son, who has been incarcerated for over 27 years, to end his suffering,” Arputhammal, 71, was quoted as saying by TOI.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Law, Courts and Prisons, C Ve Shanmugam has said the State government will continue to strive for the release of the convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination case.

Speaking to the media today, Shanmugam said the State will put forth its arguments when the case is being taken up in the Supreme Court next time around.

The release of the seven prisoners has been a matter of contention between the State and the Centre. In 2014, then Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote to the Union government asking for their release.

President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s request to release the seven prisoners convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991.

Kovind conveyed to the government that the “Centre doesn’t concur with its view” to release the prisoners. The President is bound by the advice of his Council of Ministers in such matters.