Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC to hear TN Govt.'s plea today

| Updated: Aug 01, 2016 14:23 IST

New Delhi, Aug 1 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday will hear Tamil Nadu government's plea seeking review of its judgment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in which it was ruled that the Centre has 'primacy over states' right to grant remission. The judgment, pronounced by constitution bench on December 3, 2015, had virtually closed the seven convicts' chances for a premature release. The Court had ruled that consultation with the Centre in such heinous cases should not be an "empty formality" as national interest is at stake. On February 20, 2014 the apex court had stayed the Tamil Nadu government's decision to release three convicts -Murugan, Santhan and Arivu, whose death sentence had been commuted to life term by it two days before. Later, the top court had also stayed the release of four other convicts -- Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, saying there were procedural lapses on part of the state government. (ANI)