Rajiv case convicts: Governor has 5 choices before him

Chennai: A day after the Tamilnadu Cabinet passed a resolution favouring the release of all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and sent it to the Governor, all eyes are on the Raj Bhavan with sources suggesting Banwarilal Purohit has commenced consultation with legal experts.

According to legal circles, the Governor may take one among the five decisions: 1) Accepting the recommendation of the Cabinet and ordering the release of the seven. 2) Since there is no time frame for the Governor to decide on the resolution, he may take time before taking final decision. 3) Since the case is related to the assassination of a former Prime Minister, he may consult with the Centre. 4) The Governor may ask the State government to reconsider its decision. 5) He may even reject the recommendation.

The AIADMK government on Sunday decided to recommend to Purohit, the release of all seven life convicts in the sensational case.

A resolution to this effect was adopted by the State Cabinet which met here under Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami's leadership.

It decided to recommend to the Governor the release of Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini, serving life imprisonment.

The move comes days after the Supreme Court asked the Tamilnadu Governor to consider the mercy petition of Perarivalan seeking remission or pardon under Article 161 of the Constitution and disposed of the Centre's petition opposing the State government's earlier proposal for the release of the convicts.


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