Chennai, July 9: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami told the State Assembly on Tuesday that the state government was committed for the release of all the seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Replying to a question during the debate on the demand for grants, he said ''based on the verdict of the Supreme Court, the State cabinet adopted a resolution recommending their release under Article 161 of the Constitution and the same has been forwarded to Governor Banwarilal Purohit.'' It was upto the Governor to take a decision, he added.
''We have done what the DMK had failed to do'', he said. The seven convicts V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthanthiraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Nalini, were in jail for the last 28 years and the demand for their release has been gaining momentum with various political parties urging the State government to exert pressure on the Governor to act on the State Cabinet resolution.
The State Cabinet had on September nine last year, adopted a resolution recommending to the Governor to release all the seven convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution. The decision to release all the seven convicts was taken in line with the September six Supreme Court order. Based on the Apex Court order, which had asked the Governor to consider the mercy plea of Perarivalan for premature release, the Cabinet had recommended to the Governor to release all the convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution. A Bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Naveen Sinha and K M Joseph had on September six disposed of a plea filed by the Centre opposing the State government's proposal for the release of the convicts, and asked the Governor to consider the mercy plea of Perarivalan. (UNI)