Life convicts in Rajiv assasination case seek premature release

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Chennai, Jul 7 (UNI) Taking their cue from Nalini, two more life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination case, Robert Pyas and Jayakumar, today moved the Madras High Court, seeking premature release.

In their petitions, the two Sri Lankan nationals, who were handed out life sentence by the Supreme Court, contended that life term meant 14 years of imprisonment. Since they had already served 17 years in jail they were entitled for early release.

The convicts, presently lodged in the Vellore Central Prison, along with other convicts, said their conduct in the prison was good and pleaded for early release.

When their petitions came up for hearing, Justice A Kulasekaran issued notices, returnable in two weeks, to the state government represented by the Home Department, the Vellore District Collector, who is heading the Advisory Board for premature release of life convicts, and the Superintendent of Vellore Central Prison.

They said Section 432 of CrPC empowered the state government to release the life convicts pre-maturely. But in their case the release was delayed due to the political sensitivity of the case.

They said during the last 17 years in jail, they were in solitary confinement which were violative of the orders passed by the Supreme Court.

Robert Pyas, in his petition, also submitted that he had obtained MA Degree from the Manonmaniam Sundaranar University during his confinement and there was no complaint against him.

The life convicts said the Advisory Board, after hearing their case for premature release, had not made any negative findings against them.

Allowing a person to languish in jail for his life was against the principles of basic human rights, they contended.

(ED : Pick up suitably from earlier series).

UNI XR-WS GV AM HT1815

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