New Delhi, The Supreme Court has ordered the release of 6 accused including Nalini and RP Ravichandran who are serving life sentence in the case of former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s murder.
Delivering a major verdict on Friday, the Supreme Court has ordered the release of all six accused in the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Among these convicts are Nalini and RP Ravichandran who hatched the conspiracy to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi.
On 21 May 1991, during an election rally in Tamil Nadu, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated. The former PM died on the spot in this attack. Seven people were found guilty following an investigation into the attack.
An accused Pararivalan was sentenced to death who was also ordered to be released. On May 18, the Supreme Court ordered the release of Pararivalan for his good behavior in jail. A bench of Justice L Nageswar gave this order using Article 142.
While pronouncing judgment on all the six accused in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination, the Supreme Court observed that the jailed accused S Nalini, Jayakumar, RP Ravichandran, Robert Pias, Sutendraraja and Sriharan were released from prison for good behaviour.
Their behavior in prison was known to be good and all achieved varying degrees during their stay in prison. A total of 41 people were made accused in this case. 12 people were killed and three escaped. While the remaining 26 were caught. Among them were Sri Lankan and Indian nationals. Among the absconding accused are Prabhakaran, Pottu Oman and Akila.