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Santhan, Sri Lankan national convicted in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, dies in Chennai hospital

The Supreme Court in 2022 released Santhan along with 6 other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case after they served over 20 years of jail term.

Edited By: Raju Kumar @rajudelhi123 Chennai Updated on: February 28, 2024 9:34 IST
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Image Source : PTI Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

Santhan alias T Suthendiraraja (55), who was convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, died following a cardiac arrest in Chennai, said a hospital official on Wednesday. Santhan, who was a Sri Lankan national, was freed by the Supreme Court in 2022.

Santhan was one of the seven persons set free by the top court in 2022 after they served over 20 years of jail term in connection with the killing of the former prime minister in 1991.

Santhan died at 7.50 am, said E Theranirajan, Dean of the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital where Santhan was undergoing treatment for "liver failure".

He suffered a cardiac arrest around 4 am on Wednesday but was 'revived' following a CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) procedure and was given an oxygen supply and was on a ventilator, Theranirajan told reporters.

However, Santhan did not respond to treatment "and he died at 7.50 am today," he said.

"A post-mortem will be conducted...legal arrangements are underway for the body to be sent to Sri Lanka," he added.

The deceased was admitted to the hospital in Chennai from a special camp in Tiruchirappalli, where he was lodged post his release, on January 27 for "liver failure", the Dean said.

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