MHA didn’t re­fer re­mis­sion plea to Pres­i­dent

De­ci­sion to re­ject T.N.’s ap­peal for re­lease of Ra­jiv case con­victs taken by Min­istry

The Hindu - - FRONT PAGE - S. Vi­jay Ku­mar

The Min­istry of Home Af­fairs (MHA) has ad­mit­ted that Tamil Nadu’s pro­posal for pre­ma­ture re­lease of con­victs in the Ra­jiv Gandhi as­sas­si­na­tion case was not sent to the Pres­i­dent and the de­ci­sion (not to con­cur with the pro­posal) was taken at the high­est level in the Min­istry.

In March 2016, the State sent a pro­posal to the Cen­tre seek­ing re­mis­sion of the sen­tences of life con­victs V. Srid­ha­ran alias Mu­ru­gan, T. Suren­draraja alias San­than, A.G Per­ari­valan alias Arivu, Nalini, Jayaku­mar, Robert Payas and Ravichan­dran.

In its re­ply dated April 18, 2018, the MHA said the Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion had op­posed the plea on the ground that “re­leas­ing the four for­eign na­tion­als who had com­mit­ted the grue­some mur­der of the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of this coun­try along with 15 oth­ers, most of whom were po­lice of­fi­cers, in con­nivance with three In­dian na­tion­als, will set a very dan­ger­ous prece­dent and lead to in­ter­na­tional ram­i­fi­ca­tions...”

A.G. Per­ari­valan

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