Indian SC releases prematurely six convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

New Delhi, November 11 (KMS): Indian Supreme Court ordered, today, the premature release of all six convicts facing life imprisonment in connection with the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.

The released convicts were Nalini, PR Ravichandran, Robert Pias, Suthendraraja, Jaykumar and Sriharan, Hindustan Times reported.

A two member bench comprising justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna passed the order while taking into consideration the case of A G Perarivalan, another convict in the case. Perarivalan was released in May this year. The apex court noted that the criteria laid down for Perarivalan were followed in the case of the remaining convicts.

The bench noted, as per the report, that the Tamil Nadu cabinet had recommended the release of these convicts on 9 September 2018, and this opinion will be binding on the Governor before whom the convicts had filed remission pleas.

The court also noted that the convicts have spent over three decades in prison and that their conduct in the prison was satisfactory observing they were found to have good conduct and all of them had acquired various degrees during their stay in jail.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of 21 May 1991, at Sriperumbudur in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber during an election rally.

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