Madras High Court asks TN government to consider Rajiv’s assassin Ravichandran’s plea on parole

Published: 13:24 GMT, Jul 12, 2017 |

The Madras High Court today asked the Tamil Nadu government to “consider as per law” the parole plea of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin Ravichandran, serving life term in Madurai Central Jail.

A bench of justices S S Sundresh and N Sathish Kumar gave the direction to the state home secretary on a plea by Ravichandran’s mother Rajeshwari.

Ravichandran, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has sought a month’s parole for settling the family property matters.

The Madurai bench of the high court also asked the Central Jail superintendent to respond to the convict’s plea for parole within three weeks and posted the matter for hearing after three weeks.

The petitioner submitted that her son has been lodged in the prison for the past 26 years and his conduct had been good.

He continued to be in prison though his sentence period was over and had also been released on ordinary parole thrice during the sentence period, she said.

She further submitted that she was under the presumption that he would be let off after serving 20 years in prison and had postponed the settlement of family property.

Though the Tamil Nadu assembly has passed a resolution for release of the seven convicts in the assassination case and the same had been sent to the Centre, no action had been taken, the petitioner said.