BREAKING| Supreme Courtroom Orders Launch Of All Convicts In Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case

The Supreme Courtroom on Friday ordered the untimely launch of all six convicts within the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts.

The Courtroom ordered the discharge of convicts Nalini Srihar, Robert Pais, Ravichandran, Suthenthira Raja @ Santhan, Shriharan @ Murugan and Jaikumar. “The appellants are directed to be set at liberty if not required in another matter”, the bench ordered.

A bench comprising Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna handed the order following the course handed on Could 17 which granted reduction to Perarivalan, one other convict within the case.

The bench famous that the order of Perarivalan is relevant to the current candidates. The Courtroom famous that the Tamil Nadu Authorities has advisable the discharge of all convicts, which has not been acted upon by the Governor.

The bench additionally famous that the convicts have spent over three many years in jail and that their conduct within the jail was passable.

Within the Perarivalan case, the Supreme Courtroom held that the Governor within the matter of remission was sure by State cupboard determination. Observing that the inordinate delay by the Governor in taking a choice warranted Perarivalan’s launch, the Supreme Courtroom invoked its particular powers beneath Article 142 to order his launch.

Concerning the candidates, the Courtroom’s order noticed as beneath :

“Within the case of Robert Pais, it’s seen that his conduct is passable and that he’s affected by varied sickness, he has obtained varied levels.

Within the case of Jaikumar additionally, his conduct is discovered passable. He additionally has taken varied research

Within the case of Suthenthira Raja, he’s additionally affected by varied illnesses. He has written varied articles which haven’t solely been printed however have additionally acquired awards.

In as far as Ravichandran is anxious, his conduct has additionally been discovered to be passable and has undertaken varied research. He has additionally accomplished charitable functions.

So far as Nalini is anxious, she is a lady and has been incarcerated for a interval of greater than 3 many years and her conduct is also discovered passable. She has additionally undertaken varied research

In as far as Sriharan is anxious, his conduct can also be discovered passable and he has additionally undertaken varied research”.

Senior Advocates Sanjay Hegde and Gopal Shankaranarayanan appeared for the appellants. Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi appeared for the State Authorities.


25 individuals, together with the appellants, had been sentenced to demise by the TADA Courtroom for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1998. When the matter travelled to the Supreme Courtroom, a Bench headed by Justice Ok.T. Thomas acquitted 19 convicts, however upheld the demise sentences of 4 of them(Perivalan, Sriharan, Santhan and Nalini). Three others had been sentenced to endure life imprisonment. Nalini’s demise sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2000 by the Tamil Nadu authorities.

In 2014, the Supreme Courtroom commuted the demise sentence of Perarivalan, Sriharan and Santhan to life imprisonment.

In 2018, the AIADMK Cupboard advisable the discharge of the seven convicts, however the Governor refused to authorise this remission.

After the Supreme Courtroom ordered the discharge of Perarivalan, Nalin and Ravichandran moved the Madras Excessive Courtroom looking for untimely launch. Nonetheless, the Madras Excessive Courtroom dismissed their petition observing that it lacks the particular powers loved by the Supreme Courtroom beneath Article 142.

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