India court suspends Gandhi plotters' release

Feb 20, 2014, 7:23 AM EST
Rajiv Gandhi, is shown in New Delhi, May 20, 1991 before his assassination in the same year.
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India's Supreme Court has put on hold the release of three of the seven people convicted of involvement in the 1991 murder of former P.M. Rajiv Gandhi. The chief minister of Tamil Nadu state, where the plotters are held, ordered the release of all seven on Wednesday. But India's central government promptly mounted a legal challenge against that order. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it was "not legally tenable".

Background:

Rajiv Gandhi murder: India court suspends plotters' release [BBC]