Rajiv Gandhi’s killer Perarivalan released by SC after 31 years in jail


Guwahati: The Supreme Court has ordered the release of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s killer, Perarivalan. He was in jail for 31 years and was released on the plea of the Tamil Nadu government.

On March 9, the top court granted bail to Perarivalan while taking note of his long incarceration of over 30 years and no history of complaints when out on parole.

The Supreme Court had earlier said that the Tamil Nadu governor was bound by the decision of the state cabinet on the release of Perarivalan, and disapproved of his action, sending the mercy plea to the President saying it cannot shut eyes to something against the Constitution.

The top court had refused to agree with the Centre’s suggestion that the court should wait till the President decides on the issue.

It had told the Centre that the governor was bound by the aid and advice given by the Tamil Nadu Council of Ministers under Article 161 of the Constitution while directing the Centre to submit its response.