It must be noted that the Tamil Nadu Cabinet made the recommendation, two days after the Supreme Court put the ball in the court of the Governor to take a decision on the matter. The proposal will now be sent to the office of Governor Banwarilal Purohit. The convicts — V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santham, AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, P Ravichandaran and Nalini have been in jail for 25 years.
Meanwhile, one of the convict’s mother said, “I met Tamil Nadu CM today, he assured me that the Governor will surely accept our recommendation and very soon all the 7 convicts will be free. We thank this govt which has paved the way for the release.”
Earlier, a two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had disposed of the petition filed by the Centre on Tamil Nadu government’s proposal seeking an early release of the convicts. On August 10, the Centre had stated that the President had rejected the proposal to release the seven convicts. The affidavit from the central government came after the apex court asked the Centre to explain its take on Tamil Nadu’s 2016 decision to acquit all seven convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.