New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Centre has to decide on the release of those convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
“The issue has come to the Centre and the government has to decide. The ball is in the Centre’s court. As a son, I would not like to express my opinion,” Rahul Gandhi told a TV channel here.
The central government is examining a Tamil Nadu government plea seeking the release of those linked to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, in Sriperumbudur in the southern state, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.
In a letter to union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Tamil Nadu chief secretary K. Gnanadesikan said the state government had received petitions from the seven convicts requesting their release as they had already spent over 24 years in jail.
The Supreme Court on December 2, 2015, ruled that the Tamil Nadu government could grant remission and release the convicts only in consultation with the central government in cases investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).