Tamil Nadu governor to decide on Rajiv killer’s release in 4 weeks: Govt to Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The Tamil Nadu governor will take a decision within four weeks on the remission plea of A G Perarivalan, who is serving life term in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court was informed on Thursday. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nzeer and Indu Malhotra that governor Banwarilal Purohit will take a decision soon on the 2018 recommendation of the state government which favoured release of seven convicts, including Perarivalan, in the case.
After hearing Mehta’s submission that the application filed by the petitioner under Article 161 of the Constitution will be considered within four weeks, the bench asked the hearing to be listed thereafter. The assurance came after SC expressed concern over the delay in taking decision and decided to examine whether it could intervene to pass direction. The court was hearing a plea filed by Perarivalan.
Perarivalan was awarded the death penalty in 1991 for his involvement in the conspiracy to assassinate former PM Rajiv Gandhi. He was charged for providing a 9-volt battery to co-conspirator Sivarasan for the explosive device which was used to kill the PM.

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