Robert Payas, a Sri Lankan national is one of seven who were convicted for Gandhi’s assassination on May 21, 1991.
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Late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21st May 1991 at an election rally in Sriperumbudur and consequently, threee people were sentenced to life imprisonment for this crime under the Terrorist And Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) in 1998. A trail court had sentenced 26 people in this case but later the Supreme Court freed 19 of them, upheld death for four and reduced the sentence to life for three others, one of whom is Payas.
Robert Payas who is serving a life sentence has asked the Tamil Nadu Government for mercy killing. Payas said that he did not have any hopes of being released.
Payas has spent 26 years in jail. His family also does not visit him. He is a Sri Lankan national.
None of the death sentences have been carried out so far.
In a letter to the Tamil Nadu government, Payas has written, “Despite the Tamil Nadu government supporting me, no efforts are being taken. Both the Central governments, (previous Congress-led coalition UPA and the BJP-led NDA) have remained silent on this issue and seems to me like both want my life to end in prison.”