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Tamil Nadu government decides to release killers of ex-PM Rajiv Gandhi from jail
In a surprising decision Jayalalitha led Tamil Nadu government has decided to free all the convicts in the murder of former Indian Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi. The decision came a day after Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of the three convicts to life imprisonment.

The state government has decided to release all the seven convicts, including AG Perarivalan and Nalini. Others who will be released are Santhan, Murugan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran.

The TN Chief Minster Jayalalitha made the announcement in the state assembly. She said that the state would send its Cabinet's decision to the central government seeking its nod as required under Cr.Pc section 435 as the case was filed by CBI in the case. The convicts have been in jail for 23 years as reported by NNIS.

The Supreme Court had yesterday spared Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan from execution, citing the 11-year delay in deciding their mercy plea by the President. The court rejected the government's view that the convicts did not deserve mercy as they had shown no remorse and there was "no agony, torture or dehumanizing effect due to the delay."

All parties have openly demanded the release of these convicts, and even some Congress politicians in the state have not opposed it. The assassination case has been an emotive theme in state's politics for years, given the largely pro-Lankan Tamil sentiments.

"I am not unhappy," said Union minister P Chidambaram, who is from Tamil Nadu when asked about the Tamilnadu's decision. As reported by NDTV he added, "Our grief at Rajiv Gandhi's loss is irreparable but the court made it possible. I do not see this as cynical politics.” He sought to blame the previous BJP-led government at the Center for sitting on their mercy petitions for four years.

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