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TN to counter centre’s review plea on convicts’ release

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Chennai, Feb 24:

The review petition filed in the Supreme Court by the centre on the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case would be countered, Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa said here Monday.

J. Jayalalithaa, AIIDMK Chief
J. Jayalalithaa, AIIDMK Chief

AIADMK general secretary Jayalalithaa, who turned 66 Monday, also announced the party’s candidates for the 39 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and the lone Puducherry constituency.
She added that some of the candidates will be withdrawn once the seat sharing agreement is concluded with the two left parties.

“We are satisfied with the two allies,” Jayalalithaa told the media.

Queried about the government’s recent decision to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case as a political decision, she said the matter is in the court and the state government would do whatever it has to do legally.

Jayalalithaa said the government would say in the court whatever it has to say on the matter.

Asked whether the state government would ask for special assistance from the centre as the latter has announced a package for Seemandhra, she said: “We will get whatever we want from the new government. This is an outgoing government.”

Jayalalithaa said the AIADMK’s poll manifesto is under preparation and the party’s campaign theme would be elaborated in that.

She said the core campaign theme will be peace, prosperity and progress not only to Tamil Nadu but also of the whole nation.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today posted to Thursday the hearing on the centre’s plea seeking to restrain the Tamil Nadu government from releasing the conspirators in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam agreed to hear the plea after Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra told the court the Tamil Nadu government had no jurisdiction to release the conspirators.

The apex court had last week stayed the release of three key conspirators whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on the grounds of inordinate delay in deciding their mercy petition.

(IANS)