Five of the six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts walked out of Tamil Nadu jails on Saturday, a day after the Supreme Court ordered their premature release, reported PTI.
Nalini Sriharan, Robert Pais, Suthenthira Raja alias Santhan, Shriharan alias Murugan and Jaikumar were released from Tamil Nadu prisons on Saturday evening. Ravichandran will also be let out soon, reported NDTV.
“It’s a new life for me with my husband and daughter,” Nalini Sriharan said after walking out. “I thank Tamil people for supporting me.”
Murugan, Santhan, Robert Payas and Jaikumar, all Sri Lankan citizens, were taken in a police vehicle to a refugee camp in Tiruchirappalli on Saturday. Perarivalan, along with his mother Arputhammal, received Payas and Jaikumar at the Puzhal prison in Chennai.
The Supreme Court released the convicts noting that the Tamil Nadu government had recommended their release but the governor had not acted on the recommendation. The judges said that the convicts had spent more than three decades behind bars, and that their behaviour in prison was satisfactory.
In May, the judges had also ordered the release of another convict AG Perarivalan. On Friday, the judges held that the order passed to release Perarivalan was applicable to the six other convicts also.
The court also noted that…