Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that he would not voice his opinion on the release of all seven convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case as a son.
“It is up to the government to decide,” Gandhi said in a statement.
Rahul said as a son, he would not voice his personal opinion on the issue.
The Tamil Nadu Government has sought the opinion of the ministry of home affairs on releasing all convicts in the case.
Tamil Nadu chief secretary K. Gnanadesikan in a letter to Union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said while the state has already decided to release the seven convicts, it is necessary to seek the Centre’s opinion under Section 435 of the Criminal Procedure Code, as they have been in prison for over 24 years.
However, Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge said the Tamil Nadu government’s letter to the Centre on Rajiv Gandhi’s killers release shouldn’t be entertained.
“They should not be released,” Kharge said.
Earlier, the Congress had moved adjournment motions in both Houses of Parliament against the Tamil Nadu government’s decision.
“We will discuss it when matter comes to House,” Kharge had said earlier.
The government is examining a Tamil Nadu government’s plea seeking the release of those linked to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.
“We have received the letter yesterday and the government is examining it. The apex court has already given its decision on the matter. Now it is the constitutional and moral responsibility of the government to abide by the decision of the apex court,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha.
While announcing the decision, the J Jayalalithaa government had said that it has sought the Centre’s views on the move.
In a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan said the state government had received petitions from the seven convicts requesting to release them as they had spent more than 20 years in prison.
The convicts are V Sriharan (alias Murugan), T Suthendraraja (alias Santhan), AG Perarivalan (alias Arivu), Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini.