Rajiv Gandhi murder case: SC defers Centre’s plea


PTI, New Delhi :
The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred till March 26 the hearing on the Centre’s plea against the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release seven prisoners convicted in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
A bench headed by chief justice P Sathasivam adjourned the case and posted it for final hearing on March 26 after the Centre sought time to file a rejoinder to state government’s response.
Earlier, the apex court had restrained the state government from releasing the prisoners who were undergoing life sentence and directed it to maintain status quo.
The Tamil Nadu government had opposed the Centre’s plea, saying the petition was not maintainable as the Union government cannot file a writ in the case.
The state government had also submitted that the Centre has no locus in the matter.
It had asked as to why the Centre rushed to the apex court instead of replying to the state government’s letter seeking the stand of the Union government on release of the prisoners.