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Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC orders premature release of six convicts

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Supreme Court of India Friday orders the premature release of all six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The bench, comprising Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna, passed the order while taking into consideration the case of A G Perarivalan, another convict who was released in May.

The top court said the order passed in the case of Perarivalan is applicable to other convicts too, Live Law reported.

By this order, the court released S Nalini, Jaykumar, RP Ravichandran, Robert Pias, Suthendraraja and Sriharan.

The apex court noted that the Tamil Nadu cabinet had recommended their release on September 9, 2018, and this opinion will be binding on the Governor before whom the convicts had filed remission plea.

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court had ended the 31-year-old incarceration of convict AG Perarivalan. His good conduct in prison, medical condition, educational qualifications acquired in jail and the long pendency of his mercy plea since December 2015 were taken into account.

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