Rajiv case: SC to hear kin of victims

Sixteen died and many sustained grievous injuries in the 1991 suicide attack
The Supreme Court on Monday decided to hear families of the victims of the bomb blast which killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur in 1991, and gave them permission to file additional documents. Sixteen died and many sustained grievous injuries in the blast, which the Centre had termed as “gruesome, inhuman, uncivilised and merciless.”
A new twist
With this, the controversy surrounding the move of the Tamil Nadu government for the release of seven convicts in the case has taken a new twist. A Bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed the victims to amend their petition, filed in March 2014, and bring on record the recent resolution passed by the State government recommending that the Governor release the convicts. The Bench, also comprising Justices Navin Sinha and K.M. Joseph, has scheduled the case for hearing after four weeks. The petition was filed by S. Abbas, John Joseph, America V. Narayanan, R. Mala, M. Samuvel Diraviyam and K. Ramasugandam in the Supreme Court against the then Jayalalithaa government’s proposal to grant the convicts remission.
“In the present case, the State government had overlooked the above proposition for narrow political gain and in one stroke ordered for release of Rajiv assassins. The attitude of the State government is against the constitutional value and national spirit and for narrow political consideration,” the families had contended in 2014. They had said that the State should consider the effect of the release of the convicts on the families of the victims and society and the wrong precedent it would set. However, the Supreme Court had at the time indicated that it would first take up the petition filed by the Centre, which too had moved the apex court challenging the State’s power to grant remission in the case investigated by the CBI.
Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/rajiv-case-sc-to-hear-kin-of-victims/article24972242.ece

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