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Minister confident Governor will decide in favour of 7 convicts
Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar on Wednesday said the State government was confident that Governor Banwarilal Purohit will respect the people’s feelings and take a “good” and “expeditious decision” on the release of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The State cabinet recommended to Purohit the release of Nalini, her husband Sriharan alias Murugan, Perarivalan, Robert Payas, Jayakumar, Ravichandran and Santhan on September 9.
“The government is confident that the Governor will realise the Tamil people’s feelings and expectations and take a good decision at an appropriate time,” Jayakumar told reporters here.
He further said the government is “confident” that Purohit will “take an expeditious decision” in the matter.
Asked if the government would mount pressure in case Purohit delays the decision, he said he cannot answer a hypothetical question. The cabinet has taken the decision only in view of the urgency of the issue, Jayakumar added.
The Governor, the minister said, can act only on the aid and advice of the cabinet, which is the collective voice of the people of Tamil Nadu.
“We have sent in the communication on the cabinet’s decision the same day (Sept 9) to the Governor. Prison department’s recommendations and the jail records of convicts have also been sent,” Jayakumar said.
On copper giant Sterlite moving court to seek reopening of its plant in Thoothukudi, he said, “Let the company go wherever it wants, we will face it. We shut down the plant in keeping with people’s wish”.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam laid the Pandhakal, a wooden log, as mark of commencement of the work for the upcoming MGR centenary function to be held at the YMCA ground in Chennai on September 30