Rajiv Gandhi assassination: SC issues notice to TN govt on pleas by Nalini, Ravichandran seeking release
On May 18, the Supreme Court invoked its extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, to order the release of Perarivalan, sentenced to life in the assassination case.
In the letter, Ravichandran mentioned that the Governor has kept the files of release without consideration for over three years which he condemns as an anti-constitutional approach.
Manickam Tagore said BJP is opposing Perarivalan's release to divert attention from the 'Go Back Modi' campaign ahead of the Prime Minister's visit to the State.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi remembered Rajiv Gandhi with a poignant but significant tweet
Around 500 protestors led by PCC President A V Subramanian marched with 'Rajiv Jothi', and candles and wearing black shawls to register that the release was unacceptable to them.
Annamalai said Chief Minister MK Stalin has been reacting to the SC verdict in a strange manner while the Congress party is adopting double standards on this issue for many decades.
Anusuya Daisy Ernest, one of the police officers who survived the blast, is seething with anger at the release of Perarivalan.
Justice Thomas has been advocating the release of all convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case on legal ground of remission.
The three-judge Bench of the SC in its 29-page verdict has dealt in detail the powers of State government and Governor and how the Governor is bound by the decision of the government.
Thiagarajan said the SC would not have referred to his disclosure in freeing Perarivalan.
Meanwhile, former TNCC president S Thirunavukkarasar said Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had never said these convicts should not be released.
The Supreme Court upheld the sentence in May 1999, after which he filed a mercy petition before the President.
Tired of interviews, she turned away from cameras and journalists jostling for sound bites.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said today there is a sorrow and fury not only in every Congress worker over the development, but in every citizen who believes in India and Indianness.
Stalin said the Supreme Court verdict on AG Perarivalan reiterates the fact that Governors have no powers to interfere in the decisions of the state governments.
Just after the judgement was pronounced, Perarivalan offered sweets to his mother Arputhammal. They hugged him and expressed their joy.
The top court invoked its powers under Art 142 as his mercy plea kept shuttling between Governor and President.
SC said that if the the governor was not willing to accept the recommendation of the state cabinet on the issue of Perarivalan, he should have sent the file back to the cabinet for reconsideration.
“There’s a hanging sword on his head. He has had good conduct too... We had asked you about the reference being correct.
The top court on March 9 had granted Perarivalan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, bail taking into account the fact that he has already spent more than 30 years in prison