Arputhammal, mother of A G Perarivalan, one of the death convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case said that an appeal would be made again to seek the reasons behind her son’s mercy petition rejection.
Though Arputhammal sounded worried after the Central Information Commission (CIC) turned down Perarivalan’s petition seeking reasons for the rejection of the mercy petition, she said that she would fight to prove her son’s innocence.
“We will go for an appeal to know the reasons for the rejection of the mercy petition,” Arputhammal told Express. “I will meet Perarivalan in the coming week,” she added.
Meanwhile, the advocate termed the CIC’s direction as an outcome of the videoconferencing between Perarivalan and Information Comissioner (IC) Sushma Singh on May 9. Perarivalan had presented his case through video-conference from the Vellore Central Prison for Meanwhile, joint secretary of MHA J P Aggrawal and under secretary (judicial) Rakesh Jhingan participated on the other side.
The other side stated that according to Article 74 (2) of the Constitution of India, the advice that led to the rejection of Perarivalan’s mercy plea rejection, was privileged and could not be inquired into in any court, said Perarivalan’s advocate.
After hearing both sides, the IC passed an interim order on May 17, granting an opportunity to the Perarivalan to file his written submissions within two weeks of the receipt of the order.
Following this, the appellant had filed a petition under Section 4 (1) (d) of the Right To Information (RTI) Act 2005, seeking the reasons for rejection of his mercy plea. The Minister of Home Affairs (MHA) responded to Perarivalan’s petition and submitted its reply to CIC on May 31.
Though Information Commissioner Sushma Singh turned down Perarivalan’s plea to know the reasons for the rejection of his mercy plea, she directed the MHA to provide the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) investigation report to the appellant. She further noted that the directions of the CIC were to be complied within seven days of receipt of the order.
Meanwhile, Perarivalan’s counsel based in Delhi told Express that it was a positive outcome in the decade-old legal battle to prove the innocence of Perarivalan.