Information obtained under the Rights to Information Act revealed that the Kerala government had recommended to remit sentences of noted criminals and release 1911 convicts on November 1, 2016 .
The list included TP Chandrasekharan murder convicts, liquor contractor Manichan and controversial businessman Muhammed Nisham, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a security guard by ramming Hummer car over him.
Karanavar murder case convict Sherin, Aprani Krishnakumar murder case convict Om Prakash, and Kalluvathikkal case convicts are also part of the list.
The RTI reply to online portal Marunadan Malayali said that the list of convicts to be released contains the names of 11 persons convicted for the cold blooded murder of RMP leader TP Chandrasekharan, including KC Ramachandran, Kunjananthan, Sijith, Manoj, Rafeeq, Anoop, Manoj Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Rajeesh, Muhammad Shafi and Shinoj.
The governor P Sathasivam had rejected the list and sought an explanation from the government saying that someone serving life sentence could not be released before 14 years.
Additional director general of police (jail) Anil Kanth handed over a list of 2,262 convicts to the Home Department in November to consider for commutation after the government decided to remit the sentence of some prisoners as part of the 60th anniversary celebration of the state’s formation.
A Three-member committee appointed by the government, shortlisted the eligible convicts and had prepared the final list of 1,850 convicts.
However, governor P Sathasivam had rejected the list and sought an explanation from the government saying that someone serving life sentence could not be released before 14 years.