Salem, May 20: The Tamil Nadu government was committed to the release of all the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and exuded confidence that Governor Banwarilal Purohit would take a decision on the matter, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Monday.
Talking to reporters here, he exuded confidence that the Governor would act on the State Cabinet resolution, recommending the release of all the seven convicts under Article 160 of the Constitution, which was taken keeping in mind the public sentiments. 'We favour the release of all the seven life convicts and that is why we had adopted a resolution in the State Cabinet and forwarded it to the Governor', he said.
'It was for the Governor to take a decision', he added. Mr Palaniswami’s remarks comes in the backdrop of various political parties and Tamil outfits demanding the release of all the convicts in the back drop of Supreme Court recently dismissing petitions filed by the kin of those killed along with the former Prime Minister in 1991 opposing their release.
A couple of days back PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss urged the State government to exert pressure on the Governor for their release.
He also accused the BJP-led NDA at the Centre of adopting different standards when it comes to the release of actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in Arms Act case and was released prematurely, and that of the Rajiv case convicts.
He said it has come to light that Sanjay Dutt was released by the Maharashtra government without getting the central government’s nod though the actor was convicted under the central government law in the Mumbai serial blast case. He said according to the reply for a question raised by one of the Rajiv case convicts, A G Perarivalan, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Pune jail where Dutt was jailed, the actor was released early because of his good conduct. (UNI)