Friday, May 15, 2009

Tamil Nadu defends Rajiv killer's non-release

By Gopal Ethiraj from Chennai

Chennai, 15 May, ( The Tamil Nadu government on May 12 defended in the Supreme Court its decision not to permit the premature release of P R Ravichandran, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, stating that the current Sri Lankan conflict may only generate further passion in him.

"The crime is grave and the former Prime Minister was killed along with 15 others, and the petitioner did the same with known intent. The current fight between LTTE and Sri Lankan government may again infuse passion in him to act against law," the government said in an affidavit before a Bench of Chief Justice K.G Balakrishnan, justices P.Sathasivam and Deepak Verma. Full text