"We are aware of that. The Centre has already written to us. We will counter it in court," she said.

When her attention was drawn to the allegations that her government's decision to set free seven life convicts in the assassination case was a political move, she said, "The matter is in court. It is sub-judice. We shouldn't be discussing it in a press conference."

"Whatever we have to say, we will inform the court through our counsel,” she said.

On February 19, Jayalalithaa announced in the state Assembly her government's decision to release all the seven convicts, a day after the Supreme Court commuted the death penalty of three of them- Murugan, Santhan and AG Perarivalan-to life.

Jayalalithaa said that her government would consult the Centre on the release, and added all convicts would be set free if there is no response within three days.

(Agencies)

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