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Supreme Court orders launch of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan

A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao invoked its extraordinary energy beneath Article 142 to grant reduction to Perarivalan.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan. PTI

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the discharge of AG Perarivalan, who has served over 30 years of a life time period within the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

 Perarivalan alias Arivu was 19 years outdated on the time of the assassination and was accused of shopping for the 2 9-volt batteries for Sivarasan, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) man who was the mastermind behind the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.

The batteries had been used within the bomb to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi. Perarivalan was sentenced to demise by a TADA courtroom in 1998.

A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao invoked its extraordinary energy beneath Article 142 to grant reduction to Perarivalan.

“State cabinet had taken its decision based on relevant considerations. In exercise of Article 142, it is appropriate to release the convict,” the bench stated.

Article 142 offers with enforcement of decrees and orders of the Supreme Court and orders as to discovery, and so forth.

On March 9, the highest courtroom had granted bail to Perarivalan whereas paying attention to his lengthy incarceration and no historical past of complaints when out on parole.

The prime courtroom was listening to the plea of the 47-year-old Perarivalan looking for suspension of his life sentence within the case until the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency probe is accomplished.

Gandhi was assassinated on the night time of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a girl suicide bomber, recognized as Dhanu, at a ballot rally.

In its May 1999 order, the highest courtroom had upheld the demise sentence of 4 convicts Perarivalan, Murugan, Santham and Nalini.

On February 18, 2014, the highest courtroom had commuted the demise sentence of Perarivalan to life imprisonment, together with that of two different prisoners — Santhan and Murugan — on grounds of an 11-year delay in deciding their mercy pleas by the Centre.

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