Chennai: Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit will decide in 3-4 days on the state government’s 2018 recommendation to grant remission to A G Perarivalan, who is serving life term in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court was informed.
A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, S Abdul Nazeer and Indu Malhotra, hearing a plea of the 46-year-old convict seeking suspension of his life sentence in the case till the MDMA probe is completed, posted the matter for further hearing after four weeks.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that although ASG K M Nataraj is appearing for Centre in this matter, he has received instructions to inform the court that a decision in the matter will be taken in three to four days.
The bench said it is good that the Governor is deciding the issue and had the decision been taken earlier, it could have saved the court a lot of efforts.
Mehta regretted approaching the court late. The bench then asked senior advocate Gopal Shankarnaryanan, appearing for Perarivalan, whether this arrangement was acceptable to him or not.
Shankarnarayanan said it is good that competent authority is taking a decision but requested the court to keep the plea pending, in case the decision is not acceptable to them.
Advocate Balaji Srinivasan was appearing for the state government in the case.
The bench recorded the submission of Mehta and then posted the matter for further hearing after four weeks.
The state government had earlier told the top court that the Cabinet has already passed a resolution on 9 September, 2018 and recommended to the Governor for the premature release of all seven convicts in the case.
Besides Perarivalan, other six convicts sentenced to life imprisonment include Nalini Sriharan, her husband Murugan, Santhan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran and Robert Pyas.
All the seven were convicted by a special TADA court for their role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on 21 May, 1991 during an election rally at nearby Sriperumbudur and sentenced to death, but later it was commuted to life imprisonment.