Rajiv assassination case: SC gave victims’ families permission to file additional documents

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court, directed the victims’ families of the bomb blast which killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in 1991, to amend their petitions of not releasing the convicts, and file fresh petitions after three weeks.

The kins of those who had died in a bomb blast were objecting to the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release seven convicts in the case and have been urging the government to not release the convicts.

Sixteen died and many sustained grievous injuries in the blast, which the Centre had termed as “gruesome, inhuman, uncivilised and merciless.” All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK)-led Tamil Nadu government recommended to get them out of prison.

Advocate G Sivabalmurugan, appearing for petitioner S Abbas and three others, said their writ has been pending since 2014 when they had challenged the first decision of then J Jayalalithaa-led government to release the seven convicts.

A Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed the victims to amend their petition, regarding a proposal for the release of the convicts, filed by the Tamil Nadu government. The bench also comprising Justices Naveen Sinha and KM Joseph.

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