The T.N. govt. wrote to the Centre , seeking Centre’s view on T.N.’s decision to free the Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts. The state govt. decided to remit the life sentences of all 7 convicts and release them as they have already served over 24 years in prison.
However, the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh , in the parliament, has said they will abide by the decision of the SC.
The SC in 2015 had ruled that the state govt. has no right to release convicts without Centre’s concurrence. It said the word “consultation” used in Section 435 of Cr.PC meant “concurrence”. Earlier the SC in a judgement had commuted the death sentences of 3 convicts owing to the delay in the disposal of their mercy petition. Immediately after the commutation of death sentence of 3 convicts, T.N. govt then attempted to free them before 2014 Lok Sabha polls but the then Centre govt.(UPA) went to SC questioning state govt. power to release them. The SC decided in favor of UPA govt.
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