Tamil Nadu recommends release of Gandhi assassins

September 9, 2018

The Tamil Nadu Cabinet has recommended the release of all convicts guilty of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.

The E Palaniswami government in Tamil Nadu has taken a resolution to call for the release of the seven persons convicted for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

According to NDTV, the recommendation of the state cabinet will be sent to the Governor immediately. The Tamil Nadu government’s move comes as the Supreme Court asked the Governor Banwarilal Purohit to take a call on the mercy petition of AG Perarivalan. The state reasoned that it would recommend the release of all since they had also petitioned for early release.

Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination by LTTE bomber Dhanu in May 1991, and the subsequent trial and conviction of the assassins, have been an emotive subject in Tamil Nadu. Many in the state believe the convicts played minor roles and were drawn into a plot they knew little about.

The convicts have been in jail for 27 years. In 2014, then Chief Minister J Jayalalitha had decided to release them, but the Indian central government had rejected the proposal.