Chennai, June 6: The State Government of Tamil Nadu is awaiting response from the Centre to release the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case.Also Read - Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Convict Nalini Threatens to Commit Suicide in Jail: Reports
MLA M. Thamimum Ansari pleaded before the Supreme Court to release the convicts in the case. Law Minister C.V.Shanmugam asserted, “The Supreme Court has given three months’ time to the Centre for taking a decision on the issue of releasing the Rajiv Gandhi case assassins. Depending on the response, we will take a good decision.” Also Read - Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case Convict Nalini Seeks Extension of Parole by One More Month
Leader of Manithaneya Jananayaga Katchi (MLK) M. Thamimum Ansari stated that the state government should ensure that the convicts are released since the Congress President Rahul Gandhi, son of Rajiv Gandhi has already forgiven the assassins. Mr. Shanmugam said,”There is no second opinion that these convicts should be freed.” Also Read - Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case: SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Directions to Not Proceed With TN Govt's Decision of Premature Release of 7 Convicts
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur during an election rally on May 21, 1991. The Supreme Court cancelled the State Government’s decision in 1991 to release all the seven assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. During the period of late Chief Minister ‘Amma’ (J.Jayalalitha), a resolution was passed in the Assembly seeking release of the convicts. However, the issue remained pending before the Supreme Court.