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Centre moves SC against TN decision to free Rajiv case convicts

Supreme Court has agreed to hear Centre’s plea against Tamil Nadu govt’s decision to release all the seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Centre has pleaded that the convicts should not be released during pendency of its review petition on commutation of death sentence.

The apex court has agreed to give an urgent hearing on Centre’s plea. The plea will be taken up later on Thursday.

Manmohan's press statement

The Government is moving a review petition in the Supreme Court on fundamental issues of law arising from the assassination of the late Shri Rajiv Gandhi.

We have also informed the Tamil Nadu Government that their proposed course of action to release the killers of Shri Rajiv Gandhi is not legally tenable and should not be proceeded with.

The assassination of Shri Rajiv Gandhi was an attack on the soul of India. The release of the killers of a former Prime Minister of India and our great leader, as well as several other innocent Indians, would be contrary to all principles of justice. No government or party should be soft in our fight against terrorism.

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