Chennai, Sep 9 (GCCurrentAffairs) Terming the continuous incarceration of seven life convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case as a violation of human rights, PMK Founder Dr S Ramadoss on Monday urged Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to order their immediate release.
In a series of tweets, he said exactly one year has passed since the State Cabinet adopted a resolution and sent to the Raj Bhavan recommending the release of all the seven convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution.
He said the Governor not deciding on the resolution for one year, despite consulting many legal experts, was not justifiable.
‘The convicts are in jail for the last 29 years and their continued incarceration is violation of human rights’, he said and urged the Governor to act as per conscience and order their immediate release.
Dr Ramadoss, an ally of the ruling AIADMK, had earlier urged the Tamil Nadu government to exert pressure on the Governor for their release.
He had also accused the BJP-led NDA at the Centre of adopting different standards when it comes to the release of actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in Arms Act case and was released prematurely, and that of the Rajiv case convicts.
It may be recalled that the Madras High Court on August 29 dismissed a petition filed by S Nalini, one of the convicts, seeking premature release of all the seven as per the recommendations of the State Cabinet resolution.
A Division Bench comprising Justice R Subbiah and Justice C Saravanan dismissed the plea after the state government submitted that it could not insist the Governor to take a decision on the State Cabinet recommending
the release of seven convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution.
The prosecution submitted that it was the inherent power vested with the Governor under the Constitution to take a decision on the recommendations made by the government and the state could not insist the Governor to take
immediate decision on the matter.
Nalini, who was granted one month parole, which was extended by three weeks further to make arrangements for her daughter’s marriage, in her plea, contended that the state cabinet had on September 9, 2018 adopted a resolution recommending the release of the seven convicts and forwarded the same to the Governor.
However, it was more than 11 months, the Governor had not taken any decision and sought a direction for their premature release.