“Gandhis, Party Views Differ”: Congress On Rajiv Gandhi Killers’ Release

Rajiv Gandhi assassination
Rajiv Gandhi assassination

The Congress today criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to free Nalini Sriharan and five other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, saying it even disagreed with Sonia Gandhi.

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In response, the Congress said it would seek legal remedies.

The Congress views are the same as the Central government’s. The party has not agreed with Sonia Gandhi’s view, has never agreed with that view, and has made this clear for years,” said Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) group assassinated Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.

As a result of their involvement in the killing, seven convicts were sentenced to death.

As a result of the intervention of Sonia Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi’s wife and former Congress president, Nalini Sriharan’s sentence was reduced to a life sentence in 2000.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, met with her in Vellore jail in 2008.

In 2014, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha began the process of commuting the sentences of six more convicts.

Nalini was pregnant when she was arrested, and Sonia Gandhi had urged the court to show clemency to her.

Mr Singhvi responded to NDTV’s question by saying that Sonia Gandhi made the statement years ago.

A former Prime Minister’s assassination involves the sovereignty, integrity, and identity of a nation, said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.