It is six days since the Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended the governor the release of all the seven convicts in the wake of a Supreme Court observation that the governor could consider a mercy plea by one of the convicts AG Perarivalan.
The Raj Bhavan statement said a section of the media has been reporting that in the matter of the release of the convicted prisoners, undergoing life imprisonment for involvement in the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a reference has been made to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Some TV channels have been conducting debates on this assumption.
“It is clarified that no reference has been made to the home ministry. The case is a complex one and involves the examination of legal, administrative and Constitutional issues. The records which are voluminous are being received from the state government, with the connected judgments having been handed over to Raj Bhavan on Friday (September 14) only,” said the statement.
The statement promised that the Raj Bhavan will take all efforts to process the papers scrupulously. “Necessary consultation may be carried out, when required, in due course. The decision will be taken in a just and fair manner and in accordance with the Constitution,” said the statement.