New Delhi – Seven convicts in the assassination case former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, currenlt lodged in jails in Tamil Nadu, can not be released, the Central Government told the Supreme Court today. The Government insisted that this case was linked to the former Prime Minister of the country.

The government further added that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which investigated the case, had opposed the release of seven convicts. The Central Government told the apex court that they had already informed about this decision to Tamil Nadu government on April 18.

Seven convicts of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case are serving jail sentence for the past 27 years. Earlier, the apex court had asked the Center to give its reply on Tamil Nadu government appeal for release of the convicts. The judges of the Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court had said in 2015 that the convicts can not be released without the consent of the Central Government.

Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Sreehanan, Robert Pios, Jayakumar and Ravichandran are guilty of the murder. A woman member of the LTTE suicide team was honoring her at a rally in Sriperumbudur Town by placing a bomb on her body and she had detonated it.