Rajiv Gandhi case convicts less likely to be released
The chances for the Rajiv Gandhi case convicts to taste the sweetness of the freedom has diminished considerably as the President, Ram Nath Kovind, most probably at the behest of the central government, has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s plea to release the convicts, who have spend more than twenty years in the prison.
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government’s move to release the convicts without the consent of the central authority was blocked by the central government on the ground that the state governments have no authority to release a convict whose case has been investigated by the central authorities like CBI.
Recently, the top court of the country directed the central government to decide on the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to release the convicts within a time frame of three months.
It seems that the central government is of the opinion that it is not fair to let those convicted for brutally killing a former Prime Minister walk free. There are reports that the union government fears such a move would give a wrong message to the society.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government is giving more stress to the humanitarian aspect of the issue.
Originally, it was on the humanitarian grounds that the state government initially requested the release of the convicts. In its latest proposal also, the humanitarian aspect dominated the rest of all.
Is it fair to release the Rajiv Gandhi case convicts? Is there any politics in it?
Vignesh. S. G
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