Take the pledge to vote

For a better tommorow#AajSawaroApnaKal
  • I agree to receive emails from News18

  • I promise to vote in this year's elections no matter what the odds are.
  • Please check above checkbox.

    SUBMIT

Thank you for
taking the pledge

Vote responsibly as each vote counts
and makes a diffrence

Disclaimer:

Issued in public interest by HDFC Life. HDFC Life Insurance Company Limited (Formerly HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company Limited) (“HDFC Life”). CIN: L65110MH2000PLC128245, IRDAI Reg. No. 101 . The name/letters "HDFC" in the name/logo of the company belongs to Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited ("HDFC Limited") and is used by HDFC Life under an agreement entered into with HDFC Limited. ARN EU/04/19/13618
LIVE TV DownloadNews18 App
»
1-min read

President Rejects Plea to Release Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Convicts, Family Demands Euthanasia for Son

Hari Parandaman, a retired Madras High Court judge, said: “Rahul Gandhi himself had said that he has pardoned the convicts, but the political parties are only doing politics over it. Even the killer of Mahatma Gandhi was released after 16 years of imprisonment".

Poornima Murali | CNN-News18

Updated:June 15, 2018, 7:53 PM IST
facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp
President Rejects Plea to Release Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Convicts, Family Demands Euthanasia for Son
Mourners follow the coffin of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi on May 24, 1991. (Image: Reuters)
Loading...

Chennai: Tamil Nadu government’s request to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case has been rejected by President Ram Nath Kovind. The President has conveyed to the state government that the “Centre doesn't concur with the state's views”.

The state government says it will fight the case. State law minister CV Shanmugam, said, “Amma (Jayalalithaa) always wanted the release of the seven convicts. She had also passed a resolution in the state assembly back in 2014, giving the Centre a three-day ultimatum for the release of the convicts. The Centre had then moved the Supreme Court. Since the case is still pending before the court, we will take all actions possible to ensure the release of all seven convicts.”

One of the convict’s family has even asked for mercy killing.

Convict Perarivalan’s mother broke down while talking to News 18 and said, "If the Centre is not ready to release him, then they should grant him (Perarivalan) mercy killing inside the jail. I will write to both the state and the Centre about this. He has done nothing. Yet, he has been in the prison for so long. I'm tired of fighting for my son's release. If in 27 years they didn't release him, I don’t think they will ever release him. Why should he suffer a slow death? Instead, let the Centre just grant him mercy killing."

Nalini Sriharan, sentenced to life, had sought parole for six months for her daughter’s wedding but was not granted the same. Her lawyer, Radha Krishnan, said that the state government is not going by the rule book. She said, "When there is an option to release the convicts through Article 161, why is the state government not following it.”

Hari Parandaman, a retired Madras High Court judge, said: “Rahul Gandhi himself had said that he has pardoned the convicts, but the political parties are only doing politics over it. Even the killer of Mahatma Gandhi was released after 16 years of imprisonment. The state government should use Article 161, as it has its own rights to release the convicts. The state government can take the required action in this case.”​

Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.

| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
Read full article
Loading...
Next Story
Next Story

Also Watch

facebookTwitterskypewhatsapp

Live TV

Loading...
Countdown To Elections Results
To Assembly Elections 2018 Results