Congress differs with Gandhis, slams SC relief in Rajiv Gandhi case | India News

NEW DELHI: Congress on Friday said the Supreme Court’s premature release of the six convicts involved in the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi is bad in law, “totally unacceptable, completely erroneous”, and not in consonance with the spirit of India.
Congress MP and senior Supreme Court advocate Abhishek Singhvi said the former PM’s assassination is an “institutional matter” on which the party even disagreed with the personal views of former Congress presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and clarified that Congress never agreed with the Gandhi family’s view because “the sovereignty, integrity and identity of the nation is involved in a PM’s assassination.”
“Certainly, Sonia Gandhi above all is entitled to her personal views but with greatest respect the party does not agree with that view, has never agreed with that view and has made its view consistently clear, and we stand by that view,” Singhvi said.
Arguing against the Supreme Court’s exercise of its exceptional powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to order the convicts’ release was wrong, Singhvi said, “The INC believes that this is a wholly inapposite invocation of the drastic, ad-hoc and unique power of the apex court in a case involving convicted assassins of a former head of the Indian Government, striking at the very root of Indian sovereignty.”
But Congress’s ally and coalition partner in Tamil Nadu, DMK, welcomed the SC decision, with party chief M K Stalin insisting DMK has always favoured their release. When TOI asked Singhvi to comment on DMK’s position, he said, “If I can disagree with Mrs Gandhi from this podium, I am not going to agree with this ally. Tamil Nadu’s stand has never been ours.”
Congress has brought down the United Front government led by I K Gujral in 1997 by raising the issue of links of DMK , as highlighted by Jain Commission, to Rajiv Gandhi assassination.
Congress on Friday said it will use all legal remedies at its disposal to challenge the release of the convicts, since the apex court order raises multiple questions, including how it will deal with similar claims in future, and how it failed to give sufficient weight to the stand taken by the Centre, which has consistently disagreed with the position of the state government.
Singhvi said the unintended impact of the apex court order would be of setting a precedent that any recommendation by a state government would become final and binding and would be taken as virtually dispositive by the Supreme Court. “Continuity is involved and that is why the central government never agreed with the state government in this regard, previous central governments and this central government,” he said.
“Does PM Modi and govt support the release of terrorists…? Isn’t this because Modi Govt utterly failed to present its case to SC? Is Modi govt suffering from petty political partisanship on terrorism? Will PM Modi get the court verdict reviewed? (sic)” MP Randeep Surjewala said on Twitter.

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