The Raj Bhavan today said, the decision of the premature release of the three AIADMK cadres, A Nedunchezhian, G Ravindran and C Muniappan in the Dharmapuri bus burning case, in which three female students of the Tamilnadu Agricultural University were burnt alive 18 years ago was declined thrice by Governor Banwarilal Purohit before being accepted.
A press statement from the Raj Bhavan said the order for their premature release was issued only after the governor was satisfied that the three life convicts will be absorbed by the local society without any disturbance and based on the grounds that the Supreme Court had observed that the deaths had taken place in a state of mob frenzy and taking into account the fact that the three life convicts have been in prison for 13 years.
“The cases of these three life convicts under the scheme of premature release of prisoners who have completed 10 years on the occasion of the birth centenary of former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran were submitted along with the bunch of files containing the cases of other life convicts. On examining the cases one by one the
Governor recorded with regard to these three life convicts that the recommendation of the Government should be reconsidered and returned the file. The file was reconsidered by the Government and submitted on 25 October with the same recommendations that they be released,” the release stated.
It further said, thereafter the Advocate General and the Chief Secretary and Home Secretary met the Governor at Raj Bhavan on 31 October and explained the details of the case and highlighted the point that the three life convicts had no intention to kill and that they set fire to the bus in a state of mob frenzy.
“The Governor then directed the Advocate General to give his legal opinion along with the observations of the Supreme Court in the case. The Advocate General in his opinion stated that the cases of the three live convicts fell within the guidelines laid down by the Government for release of the prisoners. The opinion of the Advocate General was accepted by the Government and the file was again recirculated for orders with the approval of the Home Secretary, Law Secretary, Chief Secretary, Law Minister and Chief Minister. The Governor was not satisfied even after the file was submitted to him on 12 November for the third time for his approval,” it said.
The clarification has come at a time when there is mixed reactions from various political parties and public for setting them free on Monday.