Decision to release Rajiv Gandhi's killers contrary to principles of justice: PMO
According to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Tamil Nadu government's decision to release all the seven killers of Rajiv Gandhi is legally untenable. A PMO release said that Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was "an attack on the soul of India" and held that the release of seven killers shouldn't be proceeded with by the state government.
Keeping the stand of the UPA government in view, the PMO press statement clarified that the central Government was moving a review petition in the Supreme Court on fundamental issues of law arising from the assassination of the late Rajiv Gandhi.
"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," stated the PIB-PMO release.
Rajiv Gandhi (1944 – 1991) was the sixth Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989 who took over post after assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984. His last public meeting was at Sriperumbudur village in Tamil Nadu on 21 May 1991 where he was assassinated by a human bomb. At least 25 other people also died that day.
Meanwhile, a protest against Tamil Nadu govt. was held at Tamil Nadu House in Delhi on February 20 against the state government’s decision to release the killers of Rajiv Gandhi. On the other hand, the daughter of two of the killers, Nalini and Murugan, has expressed her happiness with the state government's decision to free her parents.