Tamil Nadu government’s move to release the seven convicts in the assassination case of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has run into rough weather. As Congress party has firmly opposed any such move.
Randeep Surjewala , Congress , the party’s Communications -in – charge at a press briefing said that there should be no compromise on terrorism and terrorists and it was time to show the mirror to the Modi and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) governments who were adopting a “soft approach” towards them (terrorists).
Bereft of who says what, as a citizen and a Congressman, we are of a clear opinion that the State cannot derelict its duty of punishing terrorists and terrorism.
“Those who swear by pseudo nationalism day in and day out are today doing politics over assassins of Rajiv Gandhi Ji and dozens of others who were killed by these terrorists, who have been punished by the Supreme Court, and never been granted any pardon,” he said.
“We ask a simple question, bereft of what the large-hearted (then) Congress President Sonia Gandhi or the current Congress President Rahul Gandhi or his sister Priyanka Gandhi have said viz-a-viz having no enmity towards the assassins of Rajiv Ji. Does the State have a duty to protect terrorists or to find terrorists?
“Is it not true that BJP’s ally AIADMK and BJP-appointed Governor are proceeding to recommend, reprieve, remission and release of assassins and terrorists? Is that the policy of the State now? Are we going to release assassins of the former PM and innocent civilians and policemen accused of terrorism?,” the Congress leader said.
The state cabinet which met under Chief Minister K Palaniswami’s leadership, decided to release the convicts V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthanthiraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Nalini, under Article 161 of the Constitution, which relates to the power of the Governor to grant pardons and to suspend, remit and commute sentences in certain cases.
The seven are serving life sentence for their role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur during the 1991 General Election rally.