No parole for Rajiv Gandhi case convict Ravichandran

The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court, on Wednesday, dismissed the petition seeking parole for Ravichandran, one of the killers of former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
No parole for Rajiv Gandhi case convict Ravichandran
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Ravichandran’s mother, Rajeswari, from Arupukottai, in her petition, had stated that, her son was convicted in Rajiv Gandhi murder case and for the past 26 years, he is serving the prison term. In this 26 years, Ravichandran had been given parole thrice.
However, there is a problem in their family regarding the division of family properties and so Ravichandran’s presence is necessary. Hence, she had applied for parole at Madurai prison and had also submitted her petition to Secretary of State Home Department, but there was no reply.
Hence, the court should direct the Madurai prison officials to grant parole, the petitioner pleaded. When the petition was heard, on Wednesday, Madurai DIG, R Kanagaraj, had filed a counter affidavit. In the affidavit, he had stated that Ravichandran was one of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi murder case and his death sentence was commuted to life by SC. Apart from the life sentence, Ravichandran was also convicted under The Telegraph and Passport Acts and so a person who was convicted under the Acts is not eligible for ordinary parole under the Tamil Nadu Prisons Rule.
Accepting the argument of the DIG, the court had dismissed the parole petition, but had granted permission for the petition for appeal against the judgment.

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