New Delhi: Asserting that the case involves the assassination of a former Prime Minister, the Centre today told the Supreme Court that seven Rajiv Gandhi killers jailed in Tamil Nadu cannot be released.
The court was also told that the CBI, which investigated the case, has opposed the release of the seven convicts.
The seven convicts had been in jail for 27 years.
The court had asked the centre to decide and respond to Tamil Nadu's request to release them. A constitution bench of top Supreme Court judges had said in 2015 that the convicts cannot be released without the central government's consent.
The convicts, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Nalini Sriharan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, are serving life terms. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991 by a woman operative of the separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE, who greeted him at a rally in Sriperumbudur town with a bomb strapped to her chest.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi, the son of Rajiv Gandhi, had said he had no objection to Perarivalan's release, a Tamil film director, PA Ranjith, was quoted as saying recently.