CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended the release of seven convicts the case of the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The plea comes just days after the Supreme Court asked the Tamil Nadu governor to consider the mercy petition of AG Perarivalan, another convict in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination by an LTTE bomber in May 1991.
The move comes after Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the case, forwarded a petition to the state home secretary, urging the government to consider her plea for early release. Her plea for release was in accordance with the state government’s 1994 Scheme of Premature Release of Life Convicts, she said. Article 161 deals with the judicial powers of the governor of a state.
The convicts – Perarivalan, Murugan, Santham, Nalini Sriharan, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran – have been in jail for 27 years, serving life terms.
Gandhi, 46, was killed on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at an election rally.