Perarivalan hopes revive: Centre says CBI has no role, up to Governor

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    Perarivalan hopes revive: Centre says CBI has no role, up to Governor

    Composed by Arun Janardhanan
    | Chennai |

    Updated: November 22, 2020 4: 38: 40 am





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    Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A G Perarivalan conquered a major obstacle in his legal fight for remission of his sentence on Friday, with the Centre telling the Supreme Court that the CBI has absolutely nothing to do with his petition which it was an issue in between the petitioner and the workplace of the Tamil Nadu Governor.

    Saying that the Governor can “take a contact the issue whether remission is to be granted or not”, the Centre stated, “In so far as relief is concerned in the present matter, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has no role.”

    Previously this month, the state had told the Supreme Court that Governor Banwarilal Purohit was waiting for legal assessment before giving assent to a recommendation by the Tamil Nadu federal government in 2018 to launch all the seven convicts serving life term in the 1991 killing, including Perarivalan.

    It was in December 2015 that Perarivalan first made an application for pardon to the then governor. When no action was taken, a plea was submitted on his behalf by his mother in the peak court. In September 2018, the Court directed the governor to choose the pardon plea as he “considered fit”. Within three days, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet recommended to the Governor to release all the 7 convicts.

    Nevertheless, the Guv has actually because sat on the recommendation, despite it being asserted two times in the Cabinet in the past 2 years. All political celebrations in the state, which goes to polls quickly, had invited the order recommending the release of the 7, with the concern having much resonance in the state.

    Previously this month, Perarivalan’s case came up before the Supreme Court again, with the petition pointing out that Guv Purohit was yet to take a choice on the matter. The Court discredited the Centre’s submission that the probe by a CBI-led Multi Disciplinary Keeping An Eye On Company into the assassination was still on, keeping in mind that the examination had to do with the “bigger conspiracy”. “It is not for them [people already convicted].” It also brought up the CBI for stopping working to make any substantial progress in its examination.

    While constitutionally, the Guv can not decline a Cabinet choice, the statute does not prescribe a time limitation for disposal of a grace petition by either the Governor or President.

    Prabu Ramasubramanium, Perarivalan’s counsel in the Supreme Court, told The Sunday Express that they desired to bring to the Court’s attention the long delay on the part of the Guv. “Perarivalan has actually overcome a major difficulty (on Friday),” he said.

    Perarivalan was 19 when he was detained in June 1991 for the killing. He was accused of having bought two battery cells for Sivarasan, the LTTE member who masterminded the assassination. Perarivalan was on death row for 23 years until the Supreme Court commuted his death sentence in addition to two other convicts, Murugan and Santhan, to life, in February 2014.

    In 2017, Perarivalan came house for the very first time given that his arrest on parole.

    Incidentally, in November 2013, V Thiagarajan, a retired CBI SP, exposed that he had altered Perarivalan’s declaration in custody to “certify it as a confession declaration”. Despite the fact that Thiagarajan submitted the exact same prior to the Supreme Court, the declaration was never ever reviewed.

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