LTTE convict in Rajiv Gandhi murder seeks mercy killing

Robert Payas, a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who has been behind bars for more than 26 years, submitted a request for mercy killing to the prison authorities on Wednesday. Payas was sentenced to life imprisonment but although the state Government decided to release all seven convicts in the case, the remission process was blocked by the Supreme Court, the Times of India reported.

Payas, who is detained in Chennai’s Puzhal prison, submitted a letter to the superintendent of prisons of the convict ward, seeking permission to end his life. The SP, prisons, has informed senior officials about the letter. A senior police officer said, “We cannot take any decision based on his letter. We have forwarded it to the state home department through the DGP’s office. The matter pertains to the central Government and the review case is still pending before the Supreme Court.”

Payas, a Sri Lankan Tamil, claimed to have joined the assassination plot as his child had died due to alleged atrocities by the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) which was sent to Sri Lanka in the late 1980s. The investigators included his name as one of the key planners in the assassination conspiracy and he was awarded a life sentence.

The Tamil Nadu government had decided to release seven people who were convicted for their role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in May 1991.

Three of them – Santhan alias T Suthenthiraraja, close associate of the prime suspect T Sivarasan and an intelligence wing member of the LTTE, Nalini, who performed recce operations to assess the security arrangements for the then Prime Minister V P Singh’s rally, and her husband Murugan – were on death row and had their sentences commuted to life terms by the apex court.

The others – Payas, A G Perarivalan, Jayakumar and Ravichandran – are serving life sentences. The Supreme Court stayed the state government’s order, saying that the state could not release them without the Centre’s consent. The state Government has appealed to the Supreme Court to review the order and the matter is still pending before the court. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Imported a catholic crusader SJVC to kill the dynasty of motherland. But why was Silva the navy bunner given a golden handshake by Left and right parties of SL?? Like Chagos the island may go back.only time will tell.
    Last quote by David Snoxell
    This was a brilliant result for Mauritius and the Chagossians. Apart from the sovereignty issue, now referred to the ICJ, the resolution was a means of bringing to the attention of the UN general assembly the travesty of the UK’s treatment of the Chagossian people since 1965 when the [general assembly] last considered the Chagos Islands. 174 states took part in the debate but only 15 sided with the UK. That sends a clear message to the British government that the UN expects the UK to bring this relic of the cold war to an end.SL refrains India votes for return- very interesting. Only 7 american marines and the rest Lankan and filipino orderlies at Diego Garcia.

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