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SC orders free all six accused serving life imprisonment in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday gave a big verdict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Supreme Court has directed the release of six accused, including Nalini and RP Ravichandran, who are serving life sentences in the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Friday , The Supreme Court gave a big verdict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Supreme Court has directed the release of six accused, including Nalini and RP Ravichandran, who are serving life sentences in the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. While ordering the release of all the 6 convicts, the Supreme Court made it clear that if there is no other case against all these convicts, then they should be released.

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The Supreme Court said in its decision that the Governor has not taken any step in this matter for a long time, so we are taking steps. These convicts also include Nalini and RP Ravichandran who conspired to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi. While pronouncing the verdict on all the six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, the top court observed that the jailed convicts S Nalini, Jayakumar, RP Ravichandran, Robert Pias, Suthendraraja and Sriharan are released from jail for good conduct.

Their conduct in prison was found to be good and all of them had achieved various degrees during their stay in prison.The court noted that the Tamil Nadu cabinet had recommended their release on September 9, 2018, and this opinion will be binding on the Governor before whom the convicts had filed remission plea.

Earlier SC ordered the release of AG Perarivalan by exercising Article 142 on May 18, 2022. SC also said, “There cannot be any inexplicable delay while exercising Article 161 and it can be subjected to judicial review. The Governor is a mere handle and we are not impressed to remand back the matter to him.” His good conduct in prison, medical condition, educational qualifications acquired in jail and the long pendency of his mercy plea since December 2015 were taken into account.

“Seeing his satisfactory conduct in jail, medical records, educational qualifications achieved in jail, and pendency of his mercy petition filed under Article 161 before TN Governor since December 2015…in exercise of powers under Article 142, we direct the petitioner to be set free,” the court had said at the time. Rajiv Gandhi had become the youngest prime minister country had seen when he had assumed charge at the age of 40. He was assassinated on May 21, 1991, in Tamil Nadu.

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