Making a guarded response to AIADMK’s decision to remit the sentence of life imprisonment of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit today said a “humane approach” should be taken on their incarceration period, but it should be within the legal framework.
Party’s State unit President Tamilisai Sounderrajan also charged the government with not taking a “firm decision” when there was time earlier.
Speaking to reporters here, she underlined her party’s stand that not a single culprit should be spared while no innocent should be punished.
“One has to take a humane approach while looking at the time spent by them (the seven convicts) in jail but everything should be within the legal framework,” she said after paying obeisance at the Lord Venkateswara Temple here.
Tamil Nadu government had yesterday informed the Centre about its decision to remit the life sentence of all seven convicts in the assassination case - V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini- and sought Centre’s views on the matter.
DMK President M Karunanidhi had also backed the decision, saying the convicts had spent about 25 years behind bars.
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and 14 others were killed on May 21, 1991 when a suicide bomber blew herself up at an election campaign rally in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai.