The seven Rajiv Gandhi assassins would be freed if return to power, says both the AIADMK and as a major promise DMK in their election manifestos which were released on Tuesday.
Seven people who were convicted for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 are still in jail. The convicts — V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santham, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, P Ravichandaran and Nalini — have already served 27 years of imprisonment.
But the election promise of both the parties have raised many questions and the major on is that can Tamil Nadu government release a prisoner? The state government can recommend the release of a prisoner under Section 435(1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. However, if the case pertains to a matter concerning the Union government, it can do so only after consultation with the Centre.
The AIADMK-led government had sought this course of action but failed to make headway last year after the Centre refused, saying it would set a “dangerous precedent” and have “international ramifications”.
In its letter, which was placed on record by the SC, the Centre said the assassination showed “exceptional depravity,” including the use of a woman as a human bomb. “The brutal act brought the Indian democratic process to a grinding halt in as much as the general elections to the Lok Sabha and Assemblies in some states had to be postponed,” the letter added.
On Tuesday, the party chief MK Stalin released the DMK's manifesto, on the other, AIADMK’s manifesto was unveiled by Tamil Nadu deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam.