New Delhi: The Centre is examining the Tamil Nadu Government‘s request for releasing all seven convicted for the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and it would go by the Supreme Court”s decision.
“We got the letter yesterday (Wednesday) and we are getting it examined,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha in response to Congress group leader Mallikarjun Kharge urging the Centre to reject the Tamil Nadu Government”s request as “very unfortunate.”
Kharge raised the issue right at the start of the sitting, stressing that other states will also start making such requests if the government heeds to the Tamil Nadu request and that would be dangerous for the unity and integrity of the country. The AIADMK members rushed into well for a while protesting against Kharge”s remarks.
The Speaker did not encourage the Home Minister to respond immediately to save the question hour from intrusion. The Home Minister, however, later said: “The apex court has already given its decision on the matter. It is, therefore, our constitutional and moral responsibility to abide by the decision of the apex court.”
Rajnath Singh was referring to December 2 ruling of the Supreme Court that put the ball in the court of the Centre, holding that the state governments cannot exercise the power to grant remission “suo motu” as it is up to the Centre to decide whether Rajiv Gandhi”s killers can be released or not.