Rajiv Gandhi killers cannot be released: Centre tells SC

The Central government has opposed the release of Rajiv Gandhi's killers in the Supreme Court.

The government submitted an affidavit telling the court that the former prime minister's assassins cannot be released and that the President of India has earlier already rejected a proposal to release the convicts.

The Centre's affidavit came in response to the Supreme Court asking the government to explain its stand on Tamil Nadu's 2016 decision to release the seven convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The seven convicts are serving life terms.

The Tamil Nadu government's decision was challenged in the Supreme Court, following which the court asked for the Centre's opinion.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991, around seven years after his mother Indira Gandhi was gunned down by her bodyguards in New Delhi.

(Agencies)