Centre seeks review of Supreme Court order for release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Centre has sought a review of the Supreme Court order of November 11 for the release of the six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The Congress had strongly criticized the apex court order. However several Tamil political parties, including Congress ally DMK, had for long rallied for early release of the convicts.
Earlier on May 18, the apex court invoking its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution, ordered the release of Perarivalan, one of the convicts who had served over 30 years in jail.
Sriharan, Ravichandran, Santhan, Murugan, AG Perarivalan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar were sentenced to life terms and spent over 23 years in jail.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally.
In its May 1999 order, the apex court upheld the death sentence of four convicts Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan and Sriharan.
However, in 2014, it commuted the death sentence of Perarivalan to life imprisonment along with those of Santhan and Murugan on grounds of delay in deciding their mercy petitions.
Sriharan’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2001 on the consideration that she has a daughter.



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