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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2641

Tamil Nadu defends Rajiv killer's non-release

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Chennai, 15 May, ( The Tamil Nadu government on May 12 defended in the Supreme Court its decision not to permit the premature release of P R Ravichandran, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, stating that the current Sri Lankan conflict may only generate further passion in him.

"The crime is grave and the former Prime Minister was killed along with 15 others, and the petitioner did the same with known intent. The current fight between LTTE and Sri Lankan government may again infuse passion in him to act against law," the government said in an affidavit before a Bench of Chief Justice K.G Balakrishnan, justices P.Sathasivam and Deepak Verma.

The killing was a pre-planned, re-mediated conspiracy successfully executed with active help and assistance and participation of the petitioner, TN government said.

The Bench had directed the petitioner to file his counter the affidavit.

An LTTE sympathiser and one of the key conspirators in the killing of the former Indian prime minister, Ravichandran is undergoing a life sentence. He had sought a premature release on par with other life convicts who were being granted remission. He cited two orders, to plead for his own premature release, issued by the Tamil nadu government one on September 14, 2005 for Annadurai’s birthday and the other on May 10, 2007 to mark the golden jubilee celebration of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s continuous stint in the state assembly.

Last month there was a Public Interest Litigation filed by a person from Tiruchi for the release Nalini, another life convict undergoing punishment in connection with Rajiv Gandhi assassination. The court had slapped a fine of Rs. One lakh on the petitioner for having wasted court’s valuable time and petition was for publicity sake.

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