Written by Bella Dalima
21 Feb, 2014 | 5:31 pm
The Supreme Court’s order restraining Tamil Nadu government from releasing convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case pertains only to three convicts, V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan and AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the apex court on Tuesday.
It does not pertain to four other convicts Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran who are undergoing life sentence. But this is a mere technicality and the Tamil Nadu government will be playing with fire if it were to go ahead with the release of four other convicts not specifically mentioned in the Supreme Court order.
The Jayalalitha Government will have to hold its horses, at least till 6 March when the Supreme Court hears the case again. The apex court may come up with a clear and unambiguous order on that day with regard to the release of four other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Also, the Tamil Nadu government cannot afford to ignore a highly significant observation made by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam today.
The Chief Justice duly noted the hectic pace with which the Jayalalitha government moved on Wednesday morning even though the apex court’s judgment was delivered Tuesday morning and the order was made available only at 5 pm the same day.
Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran told the Supreme Court and contended that permission to free the convicts could not be granted without the approval of the central government whose investigating agency CBI probed the matter leading to the convictions.
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