TN Cabinet decides to release Rajiv convicts

TN Cabinet decides to release Rajiv convicts

The Tamil Nadu Cabinet in its meeting at the Secretariat in Chennai on Sunday decided to release all the seven convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The cabinet has passed a resolution to seek the release of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The recommendation has been sent to Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The cabinet under Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s leadership met on Sunday.

The decision followed the Supreme Court’s observation last week that the Governor shall be at liberty to decide on the remission application of Perarivalan, one of the convicts, “as deemed fit.”

The convicts — Nalini, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Sriharan alias Murugan (Nalini’s husband), A.G. Perarivalan alias Arivu, Robert Payas, S. Jayakumar alias Jayakumaran, and Ravichandran alias Ravi — have been in jail for over 27 years. Santhan, Murugan, Payas and Jayakumar are Sri Lankan Tamils.

The Cabinet also demanded that former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa be accorded the Bharat Ratna and the Chennai Central railway station be rechristened as MG Ramachandran Central railway station

After the Cabinet meeting, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said, “Tamil Nadu cabinet recommends release of seven convicts of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The recommendation will be sent to the TN governor immediately.”

DMK president MK Stalin tweeted, “The Governor should accept the recommendations of the Tamil Nadu cabinet and should immediately order the release of 7 Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts who have been in jail for 27 years.”