Centre Moves Supreme Court For Review Of Order Releasing Rajiv Gandhi Killers

The Centre has moved the Supreme Court on Thursday, seeking a review of the judgement allowing the release of all convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Centre Moves Supreme Court For Review Of Order Releasing Rajiv Gandhi Killers
Convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case Nalini Sriharan. (ANI Photo)

JUST a week after the Supreme Court ordered the release of the six convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Centre on Thursday moved to the top court to review its judgement releasing the convicts. The Centre said that the release of the convicts was announced without it being given adequate space to argue the case.

The apex court, on November 11, set free Nalini Sriharan and five other remaining convicts who had been serving a life term for the last three decades. The court announced the judgement, citing reasons that the release of another convict, AG Perarivalan, was equally applicable to them as well.

Nalini and 5 other convicts walked out of jail on the very next day of the judgement. A bench consisting of BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna passed the order while taking into consideration the good conduct of convicts in the prison. Supreme Court noted that they had been behind bars for a very long period.

"Applicants are thus directed to be released unless wanted in any other case. Matter accordingly disposed of," the bench stated in its order while allowing their pleas for release. Meanwhile, Congress General Secretary in charge of Communications Jairam Ramesh said that the party criticizes it clearly and finds it wholly untenable. 

"The decision of the Supreme Court to free the remaining killers of former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi is totally unacceptable and completely erroneous. The Congress Party criticizes it clearly and finds it wholly untenable," the Congress MP said. He further said, "it is most unfortunate that the Supreme Court has not acted in consonance with the spirit of India on this issue." 

The statement by Congress came soon after the Supreme Court ordered the release of six convicts including Nalini Sriharan and RP Ravichandran, serving life imprisonment.


(With Agency Inputs)

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