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India court blocks release of more Rajiv Gandhi killers

Published on Feb 27, 2014 3:06 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's top court halted the freeing of four more killers of former premier Rajiv Gandhi on Thursday after a political uproar over a state government's plan to release all seven.

The Supreme Court in New Delhi issued a temporary restraining order against releasing the four who are serving life in jail over Mr Gandhi's assassination in 1991 by a Tamil female suicide bomber.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last week rejected the Tamil Nadu chief minister's moves to set all seven free, saying it was against all principles of justice as the murder was "an attack on the soul of India".

The court last week blocked the release of three of the men convicted of plotting the assassination, after Dr Singh's comments and his government's urgent legal action against the move.

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