Rajiv Gandhi killers ordered freed by Jayalalithaa, Rahul Gandhi 'saddened'

Written by PTI | Amethi | Updated: Feb 20 2014, 00:41am hrs
Rajiv gandhi killersRajiv Gandhi killers going free on Jayalalithaa's orders upsets Rahul Gandhi. (AP)
In the wake Rajiv Gandhi killers winning a reprieve from CM Jayalalithaa, RahulGandhi today said he was sad over the decision to set free all the seven people convicted in the assassination of his father.

The Congress Vice President, who was 21 when Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber at an election rally in Sriperumbedur, near Chennai, on May 21, 1991, at the same time Rahul Gandhi said he was not in favour of death penalty.

"I am sad the killers are being released," RahulGandhi said with a tinge of emotion, while noting that the assassins of his father, who worked forthe rights of the people, were being set free.

RahulGandhi also said that if a Prime Minister, who sacrificed his life forthe nation, does not get justice how will a common man get justice.

"If some person kills the PM and is released then howwill a common man will get justice. It's a point to ponder," hesaid while addressing a gathering at Purab village here in Jagdishpur.

"In this country even the PM does not getjustice. This is my heart's voice," he said.

RahulGandhi said he does not believe in capital punishment as it won'tbring his father back.

"I don't believe in capital punishment as it won't bring my father back. But it is not just a matter of my fatheror the family, it is the matter of the country," he added.

Tamil Nadu Government today decided to set free within three days all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhiassassination case after the Supreme Court commuted the death penalty of three assassins.

Besides Santhan, Murugan, the husband of Nalini, Perarivalan, who earned a major reprieve from the apex court yesterdaywhich spared them from gallows, Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran would walk out from prison.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who took the decision for early release of the Rajiv killers at an emergency Cabinet meeting convened this morning over the issue, made a suo motu announcement in the state assembly.