Rajiv assassination: TN CM seeks release of 7 convicts

TN CM meets Guv, seeks release of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination

Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Credit: Getty Images

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Friday met state Governor Banwarilal Purohit and took up the issue of the release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Minister D Jayakumar said.

Palaniswami called on the Governor soon after chairing a cabinet meet here, to reiterate a September 2018 cabinet resolution recommending release of the convicts.

"The chief minister took up (with the Governor) the release of the seven," Jayakumar, who among others accompanied Palaniswami, told PTI. The Fisheries Minister said the Governor assured that he would look into the matter.

Speaking to reporters, he said the chief minister submitted a representation to the Governor, while taking up the release of the seven convicts.

Palaniswami sought a "good decision" from Purohit, Jayakumar added. The Palaniswami-led cabinet had on September 9, 2018, recommended to the Governor the release of Murugan, Santhan, A G Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini, all serving life terms in prison for over two decades.

They were convicted in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by a suicide bomber of the outlawed LTTE at Sriperumbudur near here during an election rally on May 21, 1991.