Reconsider decision to release Rajiv’s killers – Narayanaswamy to Jayalalitha

Reconsider decision to release Rajiv’s killers – Narayanaswamy to Jayalalitha

Reconsider decision to release Rajiv’s killers – Narayanaswamy to Jayalalitha

Written by Staff Writer

23 Feb, 2014 | 9:48 pm

Senior Indian Congress Party Leader and Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, V. Narayanaswamy has urged Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram to reconsider her government’s decision to release the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case.

Indian Media reports say that Narayanaswamy, speaking to reporters in Puducherry, had said that the convicts had assassinated the Prime Minister and a leader of great stature and if they were released it would only set a bad precedent.

He said,

“The decision is shocking, unacceptable and embarrassing and hence they should reconsider it.”

Narayanaswamy pointed out that Jayalalitha’s party the AIADMK, had strongly come out against the LTTE soon after Gandhi’s assassination in 1991 but had now taken an arbitrary decision to release those convicted of the assassination.

Meanwhile, protests for and against the decision of the Tamil Nadu state government to release the seven convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are continuing in several parts of India.

Supporters of a regional party, the Naam Tamilar Katchi (NTK),protested in Chennai on Saturday, against the Supreme Court’s decision to stay the release of the convicts.

Protesters shouted slogans and burnt effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and chief of India’s ruling Congress party, Sonia Gandhi.

The Supreme Court of India on Thursday stayed decision of the provincial government of southern Tamil Nadu to release all seven convicts in the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, after federal government filed a petition.

Supporters of India’s ruling Congress burnt effigies of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram, protesting the decision to release the assassins.

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