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SC asked Governor to consider mercy petition of a convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination

By- Legalxpo Interns

The Top Court of India asked Tamil Nadu Governor to consider Mercy petition filed by AG Perarivalan, convict in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

The Bench comprised of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Naveen Sinha & KM Joseph disposed of Center’s petition regarding the proposal for the release of convicts filed by Tamil Nadu Government. The center filed the petition in response to the TN government proposal to release the convicts saying that the remission of their  sentence will set “Dangerous Precedent” and may lead to “International Ramifications”.

The convict AG Perarivalan had told the court, No decision has been made on his mercy petition filed two years ago before TN Governor. He filed the Mercy petition on 30 December 2015 which mentioned that he has suffered more than 25 years of solitary/single confinement and As per jail rules life imprisonment at grand level is maximum 20 years thereafter prisoner is considered for release. He also claimed that probe was not fully fledged and the main culprits who designated the Bomb were not nabbed.

AG Perarivalan is one of the seven convicts and was charged with supplying a 9 volt Battery which was used for Belt Bomb that killed the former PM Rajiv Gandhi and 14 others.

 

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