‘De­ci­sion on con­victs will be fair’

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU -

The Tamil Nadu Cab­i­net, chaired by Chief Min­is­ter Edap­padi K. Palaniswami, on Septem­ber 9, rec­om­mended to Gover­nor Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit that all seven life con­victs in the Ra­jiv Gandhi as­sas­si­na­tion could be re­leased un­der Ar­ti­cle 161 of the Con­sti­tu­tion.

The Gover­nor’s of­fice said the case was a com­plex one and in­volved the ex­am­i­na­tion of le­gal, ad­min­is­tra­tive and con­sti­tu­tional is­sues, while point­ing out that vo­lu­mi­nous records with con­nected judg­ments were re­ceived from the State gov­ern­ment only on Septem­ber 14.

“All ef­forts will be taken to process the pa­pers scrupu­lously. Nec­es­sary con­sul­ta­tion may be car­ried out, when re­quired in due course. The de­ci­sion will be taken in a just and fair man­ner and in ac­cor­dance with the Con­sti­tu­tion,” the Raj Bha­van ex­plained.

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