CHENNAI: Today, The Madras High Court refused to set aside the criminal proceedings pending against Murugan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, before a lower court in Vellore in Tamil Nadu. The bench headed by Justice N Sathish Kumar rejected the plea and directed the Vellore court to dispose of the case expeditiously.
The judge was disposing of a criminal original petition from Murugan.
The charge against Murugan was that he protested against and abused the prison authorities when they inspected his cell in 2020. A case was registered against him and the same was pending before a lower court in Vellore.
The accused preferred the petition to quash the proceedings on the ground that no FIR had been filed and there was no progress in the case. Later, the government advocate told the judge the FIR was registered.
The judge recorded this and disposed of the petition after directing the Vellore court to complete the trial as quickly as possible.
Murugan is one among the seven persons convicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at Sriperumbudur near here in May 1991. The others are Santhan, A G Perarivalan, Robert Payas, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, and Nalini.