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Consider Mercy Plea of Rajiv Gandhi’s Killer, Supreme Court Tells Tamil Nadu Governor

Consider Mercy Plea of Rajiv Gandhi’s Killer, Supreme Court Tells Tamil Nadu Governor

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 Sep 2018 7:42 AM GMT

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Tamil Nadu Governor to consider the mercy petition of A.G. Perarivalan, who is serving a life term in the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Perarivalan’s counsel told a bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Naveen Sinha and Justice K.M. Joseph that a decision was yet to be taken on his mercy petition pending for over two years. He submitted the plea to the Governor on December 30, 2015, saying he had undergone more than 24 years of solitary/single confinement. Perarivalan, among the seven convicts in the case, had sought remission/pardon from the Governor under Article 161 of the Constitution. After the court asked the Centre to take a call on Tamil Nadu’s proposal to release the convicts, the central government said on August 10 in its report submitted in the court that it did not agree, holding that setting them free will set a “dangerous precedent”. (IANS)

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