Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts return to Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu

Three former convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case returned to Sri Lanka on Wednesday, nearly two years after being released by the Supreme Court.

Sri Lankan nationals V Murugan alias Srikaran, S Jayakumar and B Robert Payas had served three decades in jail in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The three left for Colombo on a Sri Lankan carrier on Wednesday, officials said.

When they returned home from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the Colombo Police Criminal Investigation Department met the trio to record their statements.

The Tamil Nadu government had last month informed the Madras High Court that the Sri Lankan High Commission here had given travel documents to Murugan and the others and they could return home after deportation orders were issued by the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO). A report by PTI.

V Murugan had earlier filed a petition in the court seeking direction to the authorities concerned to provide him a photo identity card. These three men were among the seven convicts in the case released by the Supreme Court in November 2022.

After his release, he was kept in a special camp in Tiruchirappalli. He was brought to Chennai on Tuesday and flown to Colombo on Wednesday.

Earlier, Murugan’s wife Nalini had also moved the court, seeking direction to the authorities to produce her husband before the Sri Lankan High Commission in Chennai with escort to obtain ‘passport of all countries’. be allowed to happen. The couple intended to join their daughter who now lives in the UK.

Santhan, another Sri Lankan national convicted in the case, died recently. Others convicted and released in the case are Perarivalan, Ravichandran and Nalini, all Indians.

Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suicide bomber of the banned LTTE near Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991. Seven people were convicted in this case and four of them, including Nalini, were given death penalty. However, this was changed later in life.

All seven had served more than 30 years in jail before the Supreme Court ordered their premature release in November 2022.