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Supreme Court of India stays the release of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins


February 27, 2014 - New Delhi

The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the Tamil Nadu government from releasing the four of the assassins of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam said that the Court will in a week days' time will decide who will free them whether Tamil Nadu government or Centre. He said that the intention of the Court is not to stop but to give rules and procedures that States should be aware of said Chief Justice.

It may be recalled that Tamil Naidu Chief Minister has announced that they would let off the seven convicts in the back drop of the Supreme Court's direction Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan - who were spared execution last week because of an exceptional delay in a decision on their mercy plea. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 by a woman operative of the Lankan Tamil separatist outfit LTTE, who greeted him with a bomb strapped to her chest during a rally in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. The convicts have spent over 20 years in jail. Nalini, who was earlier on death row, was granted mercy on the intervention of Rajiv Gandhi's widow and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

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