Once again putting the Congress on the mat, Jayalalitha government has written to the Union Home Ministry seeking its opinion on releasing seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. This is necessary under Section 435 CrPC. The letter assumes significance as Tamil Nadu goes to polls in few weeks and Congress blasts the ruling party of whipping up Tamil sentiment.
It sent similar letter to UPA government in February 2014 after the apex court commuted the death sentence of three convicts — Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan — citing inordinate delay by the executive in deciding their mercy plea.
State’s Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan wrote this letter to Rajiv Mehrishi, secretary in the MHA, stating that the government had received petitions from all seven convicts — Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Nalini — requesting that they be released since they had spent 24 years in prison. The letter also referred to a writ petition filed by Nalini in the Madras High Court seeking her release.