Kollywood to undertake rally for Rajiv convictsPublished: January 19, 2016
Top associations of Tamil film industry have said they will undertake a rally in Chennai and seek Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s intervention for the release of seven life convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
A joint press conference was organised in Chennai, in which office-bearers of Nadigar Sangam, Directors Association and other bodies took part.
Speaking to reporters, Nadigar Sangam president Nasser said, “We will place a request before the Chief Minister that she should use all powers and allow those seven to live in the society.”
“Why we will be taking out a rally is because we want to draw the attention of the people also to the issue,” Nasser said, stating that the seven are in the prison for nearly 25 years.
According to Directors association secretary R K Selvamani, the government can release them under Article 161 of the Constitution.
According to the article, “the state shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence against any law relating to a matter to which the executive power of the state extends.”