SC has not acted in consonance with spirit of India: Congress on early release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins

New Delhi, 11/11: Congress on Friday said it was “most unfortunate” that the Supreme Court “did not act in consonance” with the “spirit of the country” when it ordered the release of six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination.

While it described the judgment as “totally unacceptable and completely erroneous”, the party also made it clear that it never agreed with former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s views and actions on the matter, including intervening to commute the death sentence of one of the convicts, Nalini Sriharan who was in jail for assassinating the former Prime Minister.


Congress’ reaction came as the Supreme Court directed the premature release of six convicts, including Nalini and R P Ravichandran, serving life sentences in the case. Earlier in May, the Supreme Court had ordered the release of another convict Perarivalan.

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