Indian President rejects TN’s plea to release Rajiv’s killers

15 June 2018 02:02 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


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, The Hindu reported today.

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

In the last four years, the State government has written twice to the Home Ministry to pardon the convicts and release them on humanitarian grounds.

“The President has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s plea to free the prisoners on the advice of the Home Ministry. This has been conveyed to the State. The assassins of the former Prime Minister of India cannot walk free under any circumstances,” a top official told the Hindu.

Earlier, following the Supreme Court’s directions, the Ministry of Home Affairs sought details on eight grounds from the State to “facilitate further” its request to release the convicts.

It asked the State to furnish details such as the “physical and mental status of the convicts,” their “economic and social background” and the previous cases registered against them.

The convicts are V. Sriharan alias Murugan, A.G. Perarivalan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini.

  Comments - 8

  • Dr Terry Gilbert Friday, 15 June 2018 02:15 PM

    What the Indian Army did to the Sri Lankan Tamils is infinitely worse than the killing of Rajiv Gandhi.The world failed miserably to protect the Tamils from the horrendous Indian “Peace Keeping Army”.

    HR Saturday, 16 June 2018 02:03 PM

    Donkey Terry Gilbert,you white shit. Indian Army has permission to do whatever it feels necessary to be done. It is protected by legislation in the Indian Parliament. No one can take Indian Army to any judicial forum as Indian Army is not affected by any rules from outside India. Indian Army is the powerful force on this planet.

    DHA Friday, 15 June 2018 02:16 PM

    Hatts off to the strong stand if it was our GOV just to obtain votes killers will be out free.....

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 15 June 2018 02:42 PM

    In India the bureaucracy works while here it is puppet of the Politicians.

    Lankan Friday, 15 June 2018 05:09 PM

    Not just let them go, they would have made a member of parliament.

    Lankan Friday, 15 June 2018 05:10 PM

    The guy who beaten Rajiv in SL was contested the election!

    sara Friday, 15 June 2018 05:55 PM

    in India bureaucracy is the problem! , it work against people , for politicians

    Mason Friday, 15 June 2018 08:29 PM

    Shameless TN with no dignity wanting killers of their Prime Minister released. No wonder there is so much lawlessness in the TN.

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