Congress strategy meeting to oppose TN's decision to free Rajiv's killers

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New Delhi, Mar 3: The Congress has decided to oppose in both houses of Parliament the decision by the Tamil Nadu government to free the killers of Rajiv Gandhi.

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While an adjournment motion is being moved in both houses over this issue, the Congress strategy committee meeting is underway.

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The Congress has made it clear that it will not accept the decision to free the seven persons who are in jail for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

The Tamil Nadu government had written to the Union Home Ministry seeking its consent/opinion on freeing the seven convicts. The home ministry is yet to take a call on the issue. The last time around the home ministry had opposed the decision to free the killers and even intimated the Supreme Court about the same.

The Supreme Court had in a recent verdict had said that states had the power to offer remission to convicts provided they have not been investigated by the CBI or any other central agency. The court had also said that no remission shall be granted to those booked under TADA or POTA.

However the court stated that this would not apply to the Rajiv Gandhi case in the view of the central government's submission.

The Central Government while opposing the decision last time had said that remission could not be offered since it was a case probed by the CBI. Further the centre said that the Tamil Nadu government could not take any decision on this issue unless it has its approval.

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