Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict denied permission to attend father’s funeral on video call

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The convict, Murugan, had earlier sought permission to speak to his father on a video call. But that request, too, was turned down. Murugan’s father died on Monday in Sri Lanka.

Rajiv Gandhi’s supporters during the funeral procession in New Delhi on May 24, 1991. (Photo: Reuters)


  • Murugan is an inamte at Vellore Central Prison
  • Has been in jail for over 28 years
  • Denied permission to attend father’s last rites on video call

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Murugan has been denied permission to attend his father’s funeral proceedings on a video call. The Tamil Nadu government says there’s no legal provision allowing this.

Murugan’s father Vetrivel died on Monday at a hospital in Sri Lanka, aged 75.

Before his father’s death, Murugan had sought permission to speak to him on a video call. But that request, too, was turned down.

Murugan is an inmate at the Vellore Central Prison and has been serving his sentence for over 28 years now.

His mother, Somani Vetrivel, said her husband’s last wish was to see their son, and that he died without being able to do so.

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