Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday refused to comment on the recommendation made by the Tamil Nadu cabinet to release all the seven convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
On his arrival to India, Rajapaksa said, "It is up to the Indian government to decide. I do not want to comment on that, it is a legal matter."
On Sunday, Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended the release of all seven life convicts in the case to Governor Banwarilal Purohit under Article 161 of the Constitution.
All the seven convicts - Nalini, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran have been in jail for the last 27 years. Murugan, Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Pious are Sri Lankan nationals.
In May 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber, during an election rally in Sriperumbudur. LTTE was a Tamil militant organisation, based in northeastern Sri Lanka. (ANI)
Comments - 6
mike Monday, 10 September 2018 10:59 PM
smart answer by a man who bought India to its knees during last stages of war. when India asked to stop the assault he bravely said I will not let down my people . this happened in feb/2009 during the visit of top level Indian delegation. unfortunately today we have lost our identity once again with present jokers.
Dillan Monday, 10 September 2018 11:16 PM
They protected and they all protect srilanka from INDIA invadtion. They must be respected by all srilankans. So MR silent was right on this.
Mandayan Tuesday, 11 September 2018 01:09 PM
How can that be answered as there are so many without trails back home!
Ceylon Tuesday, 11 September 2018 03:51 PM
Its good not make comment.if make comment new questions might arise about over hundred thousand plus killings during his presidency.during rajiv time ten thousand plus killed by indian army in srilanka.mahinda time killed one hundred thousand plus.
Singh Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:12 PM
Ceylon,neither the LTTE nor any Sri Lankan Tamil leaders have ever accused Indian Army of killing Tamils in Sri Lanka. So you know better than them.
Ceylon Tuesday, 11 September 2018 08:55 PM
Most forgot that who srilankans are.they are indians.few are from europe,middle east, malaysia indonesia and original inhabitants wedda.by the way all the hunans in world originated from africa.once we all were africans.
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