Stand on Rajiv Gandhi case convicts after talks: Nirmala Sitharaman

Published: 10:49 GMT, Jun 24, 2017 |

Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said a stand on the demand for release of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case could be taken only after due deliberations.

“Be it the Central or the State government, a stand can be taken only after talks,” she said.

Recalling that mercy petitions to the President were turned down in this case, the commerce and industry minister said the demand seeking the release of the convicts involved dimensions like finer aspects of law and human rights.

The seven convicts include Nalini, Sriharan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu and Robert Payas, who have completed over 25 years of incarceration.

While Payas had on June 21, petitioned the Tamil Nadu government seeking mercy killing, Perarivalan’s mother has requested that her son be released on parole.