Congress has challenged the verdict acquitting the accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in the Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Congress will file a review petition in the Supreme Court questioning the acquittal of the accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Congress action comes 10 days after the Supreme Court ordered the release of six accused, including Nalini.

The central government had filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Friday seeking a review of the order. Along with this, the Congress is also filing a petition.

The party had earlier responded that the release was unfortunate and unacceptable. AICC General Secretary Jairam Ramesh had said that the verdict of the Supreme Court is completely wrong and the decision cannot be accepted.

Meanwhile, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi’s partner, had earlier supported commuting the death sentences of the accused. His daughter Priyanka Gandhi also met one of the accused. However, the official position of the party leadership is against the accused.

The Supreme Court had ordered the release of six accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, including Nalini. B.R. The order was of a bench headed by Gavai. The accused in the case, Nalini Sriharan, R.P. The court ordered the release of accused Ravichandran, Robert Pais, Sriharan, Jayakumar and Murugan.

Another accused in the case, Perariwalan, was released months ago after spending more than thirty years in prison. The bench pointed out that Perariwalan’s order was applicable to other accused as well. Nalini Sriharan, the accused in the murder case, was also in jail for 31 years.

The Supreme Court ordered Perariwal’s release on May 18. After this, accused Nalini Sriharan and P. Ravichandran also filed a petition for release in the Madras High Court, but the court rejected it.

The Madras High Court held that the High Court had no power to exercise the prerogative of Article 142. The High Court had also said that the accused can approach the Supreme Court.

On the night of May 21, 1991, Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bombing while participating in an election rally in Sriperumputhur. The accused in the murder case were sentenced to death in January 1998 after a trial in a special TADA court.

On 11 May 1999, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence. In 2014, 24 years after the murder, the Supreme Court commuted the death sentences of three people, including Nalini, to life imprisonment. The reason given by the court was that the mercy petition filed by the accused was delayed by 11 years.

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