Rajiv Gandhi case convict seeks mercy killing, have a look at timeline

“I request you to facilitate my mercy killing and send my body to my family”, Payas, who was 20 years old when he was arrested in 1991, said in a letter to CM Palaniswami.Let’s have a look at the chronology related to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.Chennai: Robert Pious, one of the convicts in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has written to the Tamil Nadu government and DG Prisons seeking mercy killing. Payas, 52, said he completed 26 years in jail on June 11.”I have come to the conclusion that there is no use living when there is no scope for release”, he said, adding that the very long prison sentence has punished not only him, but also his family.Pointing to late CM J Jayalalithaa’s decision in 2014 to release all the seven convicts in Rajiv murder case, he said the decision was welcomed by all, including all political parties, but “was put on hold for reasons not known”. “I can understand the intention of the government and as none of my family member have come to see me, I don’t find anymore objective in life”, Pious said in his letter. On appeal from them, the Supreme Court confirmed death penalty of Murugan, Nalini, Perarivalan and Santhan and commuted the sentence to life term for Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, while freeing the remaining 19.Robert Pious is a Sri Lankan Tamil who was alleged to be a part of LTTE commando team. In one case, Nalini Sriharan, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had backed her plea for clemency for the sake of her daughter born in prison who now lives in UK. “The matter pertains to the central Government and the review case is still pending before the Supreme Court”. The death sentence of three others was also commuted to life by the Supreme Court on grounds that their mercy petitions were delayed.The Tamil Nadu government had on July 28 past year moved the apex court seeking review of its judgement in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The investigators included his name as one of the key planners in the assassination conspiracy and he was awarded a life sentence.