Center files petition in SC against release of all convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

Center files petition in SC against release of all convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case



Center files petition in SC against release of all convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

Nalini Sriharan sentenced for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi

Nalini Sriharan sentenced for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi
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The central government has filed a petition for review with the Supreme Court against its November 11 order releasing all convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. On November 11, the Supreme Court ordered the release of six defendants serving prison terms in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case after spending 31 years in prison. In May this year, the Supreme Court acquitted another convict, AG Perarivalan, citing Article 142. May 21, 1991 suicide attack in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu
On May 21, 1991, a female suicide bomber blew herself up during a campaign rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed there. The woman has been identified as Dhanu. Police had named several defendants in the case, including Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Ravichandran, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Nalini Sriharan.

Released from Tamil Nadu prisons on November 12
Rajiv Gandhi’s murder convict, Nalini Sriharan, and five other convicts were released from Tamil Nadu jails on Saturday evening November 12. Shortly after her release from Vellore Special Prison for Women, Nalini went to Vellore Central Prison, where her husband V Sriharan alias Murugan was released. Besides Murugan, Santhan, another convict in the case, was taken to a special refugee camp in Tiruchirappalli state in a police vehicle after his release. Both are Sri Lankan citizens. Along with this, Robert Payas and Jayakumar were taken to a special refugee camp after their release from Puzhal prison. Sriharan, Santhan, Robert and Jayakumar are Sri Lankan citizens. Nalini and Ravichandran belong to Tamil Nadu.

What did the Supreme Court say in its decision?
When delivering judgment on November 11, a panel of judges BR Gavai and BV Nagaratna said the rule under which AG Perarivalan was acquitted also applied to the other people convicted in the case. While ordering Perarivalan’s release, the court said, “The decision to release was made by the state cabinet after proper deliberation.” Using article 142, the convict should be released.

These convicts were sentenced to death
Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan and Nalini were sentenced to death by a TADA court in 1998. After getting no relief, Perarivalan and other convicts moved the Supreme Court. In 1999, the Supreme Court upheld the sentence. In 2014, it was replaced by life imprisonment. In 2008, when Jayalalithaa was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she passed a cabinet resolution for the release of the seven convicts. Who was sent to the governor. The Governor sent it to the President. Since then, the case was pending. Again in 2018, the government of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution for the release of convicts and sent it to the governor.

Meanwhile, convict Perarivalan went to the Supreme Court. In May this year, while hearing Perarivalan’s petition, he was released citing Article 142. After that, the six other convicts also went to court. Upon hearing this, the Supreme Court ordered that the decision in the Perarivalan case be applicable to all other convicts.

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The central government has filed a petition for review with the Supreme Court against its November 11 order releasing all convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. On November 11, the Supreme Court ordered the release of six defendants serving prison terms in the Rajiv Gandhi murder case after spending 31 years in prison. In May this year, the Supreme Court acquitted another convict, AG Perarivalan, citing Article 142.

May 21, 1991 suicide attack in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu

On May 21, 1991, a female suicide bomber blew herself up during a campaign rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed there. The woman has been identified as Dhanu. Police had named several defendants in the case, including Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Ravichandran, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Nalini Sriharan.

Released from Tamil Nadu prisons on November 12

Rajiv Gandhi’s murder convict, Nalini Sriharan, and five other convicts were released from Tamil Nadu jails on Saturday evening November 12. Shortly after her release from Vellore Special Prison for Women, Nalini went to Vellore Central Prison, where her husband V Sriharan alias Murugan was released. Besides Murugan, Santhan, another convict in the case, was taken to a special refugee camp in Tiruchirappalli state in a police vehicle after his release. Both are Sri Lankan citizens. Along with this, Robert Payas and Jayakumar were taken to a special refugee camp after their release from Puzhal prison. Sriharan, Santhan, Robert and Jayakumar are Sri Lankan citizens. Nalini and Ravichandran belong to Tamil Nadu.

What did the Supreme Court say in its decision?

When delivering judgment on November 11, a panel of judges BR Gavai and BV Nagaratna said the rule under which AG Perarivalan was acquitted also applied to the other people convicted in the case. While ordering Perarivalan’s release, the court said, “The decision to release was made by the state cabinet after proper deliberation.” Using article 142, the convict should be released.

These convicts were sentenced to death

Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan and Nalini were sentenced to death by a TADA court in 1998. After getting no relief, Perarivalan and other convicts moved the Supreme Court. In 1999, the Supreme Court upheld the sentence. In 2014, it was replaced by life imprisonment. In 2008, when Jayalalithaa was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she passed a cabinet resolution for the release of the seven convicts. Who was sent to the governor. The Governor sent it to the President. Since then, the case was pending. Again in 2018, the government of Tamil Nadu passed a resolution for the release of convicts and sent it to the governor.
Meanwhile, convict Perarivalan went to the Supreme Court. In May this year, while hearing Perarivalan’s petition, he was released citing Article 142. After that, the six other convicts also went to court. Upon hearing this, the Supreme Court ordered that the decision in the Perarivalan case be applicable to all other convicts.

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