TN CM Palaniswami calls on Governor

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit at Raj Bhavan in Chennai, Wednesday. State Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan are present.

Chennai: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami called on Governor Banwarilal Purohit at the Raj Bhavan here yesterday.

A brief official release termed the meeting as a ‘courtesy call’ on Purohit by the Chief Minister.

The meeting is the first after the recent Lok Sabha polls where the ruling AIADMK could win only one out of the 38 seats.

Palaniswami was accompanied by Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan.

The meeting also comes at a time when there are renewed calls from various quarters for a speedy decision by the Governor on the September 9, 2018 recommendation of the State Cabinet for release of all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The Cabinet has recommended the release of the convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution, which relates to the power of the Governor to grant pardons and to suspend, remit and commute sentences in certain cases.

The seven – V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthanthiraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini – are serving life sentence for their role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE suicide bomber on 21 May 1991 in nearby Sriperumpudur.

NT Bureau