SC asks TN Governor to consider mercy plea of convict in Rajiv assassination

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Sep 2018 08:46:18



THE Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to consider the mercy petition of A G Perarivalan, a convict in the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Naveen Sinha and K M Joseph disposed of the Centre’s petition regarding a proposal for the release of the convicts, filed by the Tamil Nadu Government.



Centre had on August 10 told the apex court that it does not concur with the Tamil Nadu Government’s proposal to release the 7 convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, saying remission of their sentence will set a “dangerous precedent” and have “international ramifications”.

On August 20, 47-year old Perarivalan alias Arivu had told the apex court that no decision has been taken as yet on his mercy petition filed before the Tamil Nadu Governor over two years ago. He was charged with supplying a 9-volt battery which was allegedly used for the belt bomb that had killed Gandhi and fourteen others. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at an election rally. This was the first case of suicide bombing which had claimed the life of a high-profile global leader.

Perarivalan, who is among the seven convicts in the case, had said that he had filed the mercy petition seeking remission or pardon from the Governor under Article 161. He had filed the mercy petition on December 30, 2015, saying he has suffered more than 24 years of solitaryconfinement. “As per jail rules, lifer at ground level is only for a maximum of 20 years and thereafter the prisoner is considered for release.” his letter had said.

He had also claimed that the probe was not full-fledged and was incomplete and partial. “The main culprits who designed the bomb made of RDX were not nabbed till date. They are scot-free and investigation is still pending into the vital aspects of the crime itself,” he had said in his letter to the Governor.