Tamil Nadu Wishes to Release Rajiv’s Assassins

Rajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi

In a letter to the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan has today expressed the state’s willingness to release Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, the assassin’s of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, since they’ve served 24 years in prison. The letter comes a few days after Nalini was given a 12-hour parole to attend her father’s funeral.

“The state government has received petitions from the convicts seeking their release. Nalini has also filed a petition in the Madras high court seeking her release. It is only after these petitions that the government has decided to remit their sentences and release them as they have served 24 years in prison. Of the seven convicts, four are foreigners,” said Gnanadesikan.

“It has become necessary for us to request you to communicate your views under Section 435 Cr.P.C on the decision of the state government. We would also move the Supreme Court seeking it to review its judgment dated December 2, 2015 where in the Constitution bench took the view that the word ‘consultation’ means ‘concurrence’,” the letter says.