Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: All six convicts to be released tomorrow

A file photo of Rajiv Gandhi, India's sixth Prime Minister. The assassination of him occurred as a result of a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu, India on 21 May 1991. At least 14 others, in addition to Rajiv Gandhi, were killed.

New Delhi: In the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, all six convicts will be released today, The Hindu reported on Saturday.

The report quoting a highly-placed source in the Department of Prisons, said, “We are awaiting the court orders. Once we get the orders and the necessary government instructions, the process of releasing the convicts will begin.”

The Supreme Court on Friday set free six convicts in the case, extending to them the benefit of its earlier order releasing their co-convict A.G. Perarivalan.

Those who have been granted premature release are Nalini Sriharan; Santhan, alias Raviraj; Murugan; Robert Payas; Jayakumar; and Ravichandran, alias Ravi.

Quoting the Prison officials, the report said the court orders will be uploaded on the common website that can be accessed only by prison authorities in the country. Once the orders are uploaded, the process of releasing the convicts will begin.

Of the six convicts, Nalini and Ravichandran are Indian citizens, whereas Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar are Sri Lankan nationals, the report said quoting prison officials.

As per the norms, Nalini and Ravichandran will be released if they do not have any other cases pending against them. Currently, Nalini and Ravichandran are on parole from the Central prisons in Vellore and Madurai, respectively.

Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar are at the Central prisons in Vellore and Puzhal (Chennai).

“We have provided round-the-clock security involving 30 police personnel, led by a Deputy SP, for Nalini, who is on parole,” The Hindu quoted S Rajesh Kannan, SP, Vellore, as saying.


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