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HC dismisses plea seeking release of Rajiv case convicts

india Updated: Apr 29, 2009 21:20 IST

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The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking the release of seven convicts setenced to death and life term in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

"Viewing from any angle, this habeas corpus petition is liable only to be dismissed since being invented to achieve and settle personal scores, by way of this petition, with no legal purpose to be achieved", a Division Bench comprising Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice C T Selvan held.

The petitioner advocate E Veluchamy said the detenus Nalini, Santhan, Murugan, Robert Payas, Jeyakumar, Ravi and Arivu--all setenced in the case--were liable to be released claiming their imprisonment was grossly illegal and untenable.

CBI, in its counter affidavit, had contended that since the Supreme Court had confirmed the convictions of the accused, it was not open to challenge their imprisonment.

The petitioner had claimed the convicts were not guilty of the offences against them as the findings of the Special Investigation Team that probed the case and the inquiry by the Jain Commission were conflicting.

Referring to this, the Judges observed that when there was a clear picture regarding the different and distinct purposes for which various inquiry commissions had been appointed, "the petitioner has attempted to interpret it in a different manner to suit his convenience as if in the subsequent reports and investigations, clean chits have been given to the convicts."