‘SC has hurt sentinment,’ alleges Chhatisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel


Janjgir-Champa (Chhattisgarh): Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday reacted to the Supreme Court’s verdict allowing the early release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins on good behavior.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Baghel said that the Supreme Court has hurt the sentiments not only of the Congress people but also of the nation. He said: “The convicts were released early. Congress national spokesperson Jairam Ramesh also said that this should not have happened.

Meanwhile, Congress MP KC Venugopal raised questions about the Center for allowing mother to be released.

“You should not sympathize with terrorists. The reprehensible silence of the Modi government on the release of the culprits of Rajivji’s killers is a compromise on the act of terrorism. And those who applaud the release of terrorists are indirectly encouraging them,” Congress MP KC Venugopal tweeted.

The assassins of Rajiv Gandhi, who were serving life sentences, were released on Friday by the Supreme Court on the grounds that they had shown good behavior in prison.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a female suicide bomber of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during a public demonstration on 21 May 1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

The seven convicts were sentenced to death for their role in the murder. Their names were Nalini Sriharan, RP Ravichandran, Jayakumar, Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas and AG Perarivalan.

In 2000, Nalini Sriharan’s sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. Later in 2014, the sentences of the other six convicts were also commuted, and later that year, the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha, proposed the release of all seven convicts in the case.

In May this year, one of the seven convicts, AG Perarivalan, was released after spending 31 years in prison.

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