Nalini Sriharan and 5 extra convicts within the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case have been freed by the Supreme Court docket after 33 years in jail.
In Could, the Supreme Court docket used its extraordinary powers to free a seventh convict, Perarivalan. The identical order utilized to the remainder of the convicts, the court docket mentioned.
The court docket additionally famous that the Tamil Nadu authorities had really helpful to the Governor in 2018 that the convicts be freed.
In addition to Nalini, the others jailed for the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had been Sriharan, Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas and RP Ravichandran.
The Rajiv Gandhi assassination case stirs deep feelings in Tamil Nadu and each authorities within the state, whether or not led by the AIADMK or DMK, has campaigned for his or her freedom. Many in Tamil Nadu consider that the seven prisoners performed minor roles within the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and had been duped into participating in a plot they knew little about.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on Could 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a girl suicide bomber of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group from neighbouring Sri Lanka.
The seven convicts had been sentenced to loss of life for his or her position within the killing.
In 2000, Nalini Sriharan’s sentence was lowered to a life time period on the intervention of Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi’s spouse and former Congress president. In 2008, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, met together with her in Vellore jail.
The sentence of six extra convicts was additionally commuted in 2014. The identical 12 months, then Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha initiated strikes to free them.
The Congress strongly objected to the Supreme Court docket order releasing Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins.
“The choice of the Supreme Court docket to free the remaining killers of former PM Rajiv Gandhi is completely unacceptable and utterly inaccurate. The Congress Celebration criticises it clearly and finds it wholly untenable. It’s most unlucky that the Supreme Court docket has not acted in consonance with the spirit of India on this challenge,” mentioned Congress common secretary Jairam Ramesh.
Nalini Sriharan’s brother Bakianathan mentioned the convicts had already served 33 years in jail and had suffered sufficient. “They had been launched on humanitarian grounds. Those that oppose their launch ought to respect the legal guidelines of India,” Bakianathan informed NDTV.