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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC directs families of victims to file fresh petitions against release of convicts

The families of the victims have been urging the government to not release the convicts in the case.

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: September 17, 2018 14:45 IST
The families of the victims have been urging the government

The families of the victims have been urging the government to not release the convicts in the case.

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the families of victims in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to amend their petitions of not releasing the convicts, and file fresh petitions after three weeks.

The families of the victims have been urging the government to not release the convicts in the case.

Earlier on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal had dismissed media reports stating that he had forwarded the state government' recommendation to release all the seven convicts.

A section of media has been reporting that in the matter of the release of the convicted prisoners undergoing life imprisonment for involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a reference has been made to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India,” a statement issued by the Raj Bhavan read.

The Governor added that a decision on the issue would be taken in a 'just and fair manner' and in accordance with the Constitution.

The Tamil Nadu Cabinet had recommended the release of all the seven convicts, including Nalini and her husband Sriharan alias Murugan on September 9.

All the seven prisoners are in jail since 1991.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a blast at an election rally in Sriperumbudur near Chennai on May 21, 1991. Fourteen others, including Dhanu, the assassin, were also killed.

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