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Mar 03, 2014 at 11:22am IST

Victims' families oppose TN decision to free Rajiv killers, move SC

New Delhi: The family members of the victims in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case have moved the Supreme Court against the Tamil Nadu government's decision to release all seven convicts in the case. The Supreme Court will hear the petition on March 6.

The Centre has already obtained a stay on the release of all seven convicts. Both Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Prime Minister Mnamohan Singh had slammed the Tamil Nadu government's decision to free the convicted assassins.

The Supreme Court had last week restrained the Tamil Nadu government from releasing four other convicts serving life sentences in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The apex court had observed that the Tamil Nadu government could be 'rushing' the matter.

After the Supreme Court had stayed the release of three convicts in the assassination case of the former prime minister, the Centre had sought a stay on the release of four others too.

Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran are serving life sentences in the case.

They, along with their three associates Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan, were ordered to be released by the Tamil Nadu government after the death sentences of the latter three were commuted following a landmark Supreme Court judgement that slammed the long delay in deciding their mercy petitions.

The Supreme Court had also ordered a stay on the release of Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan citing "procedural lapses" by the Tamil Nadu government.

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