The central government has turned down the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to release the seven accused in the former PM Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
While making the statement it added that the decision in the case is yet to be finalised, the ministry of home affairs said that consultations with the law ministry are still on.
This is the second time in two years that Tamil Nadu has taken up the case of Rajiv Gandhi killers.
At the same time, the Centre stated that as the issue is still sub-judice, it was not authorised to release the seven prison inmates.
The culprits include T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, V Sriharan alias Murugan, Robert Payas, AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Nalini and Ravichandran.
It is a major political issue for Dravidian and national parties in Tamil Nadu which will face polls on 16 May.
Meanwhile, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy said that the Tamil Nadu chief minister’s move was anti-national. When there isn’t any scope for even considering the release of the convicts, he asked by which yardstick can you change their sentence from life imprisonment to death sentence?