New Delhi: Former PM Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan will now be released from jail. The Supreme Court has ordered his release. Earlier, the apex court had asked the Central government why AG Perarivalan, who had served a 36-year sentence, could not be released.
The Tamil Nadu government had said on the issue that the Central government was only trying to destabilise the situation established in the law. The Supreme Court had said that when those serving short term sentences are being released, why can't the Central government agree to release Perarivalan. Delivering the final verdict today, the apex court has ordered the release of Perarivalan.
The court had asked the law officer that the convict had served 36 years in jail and when those who had served short term were being released, why was the Centre not ready to release him. The Supreme Court said, "We are giving you a way to escape. It is a strange argument. The Governor does not have the power to decide on the mercy petition under Article 161 of the Constitution. This really strikes the federal structure of the Constitution. Under what source or provision can the governor send the decision of the state cabinet to the president? '