Chennai, March 10 (IANS)
After the Supreme Court of India , granted bail to Perarivalan who is convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and had served jail term since 1999, his mother Arputhammal is planning his wedding.
The Supreme court, amid stiff opposition from the Government of India, had granted bail to Perarivalan on Wednesday, March 9th. A petition for remission of his life imprisonment is pending before the President of India for clearance.
Arputhammal who has been running from pillar to post to secure a bail for her son while speaking to media persons at Chennai said, “ My son had earlier said that he was not interested in marriage and said that I was already running between prison and home and didn’t want one more woman to go through it, but now the situation has changed and hence it will be the next step.”
Perarivalan’s mother had met the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin on May 28, 2021, immediately after he assumed office, and told him that her son was suffering from bladder related infection and requested 30 days’ leave for him. The leave was granted which was extended every month for another 30 days.
She told media persons that Perarivalan was at home for the past nine months and had undergone treatment for various ailments and was apparently much better physically.
Arputhammal also said that Perarivalan was innocent and after securing bail from the Supreme Court of India they were expecting an acquittal. It may be noted that the Supreme Court of India had upheld the death sentence of the four convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Murugan, Nalini, Shanthan, and Perarivalan in 1999.
While Nalini’s death sentence was commuted under Article 161 of the constitution, the death sentences of the other three were commuted by the Supreme court to a life sentence in 2014.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin had after assuming office written a letter on May 20, 2021, to the President of India, Ramnath Kovind requesting him to pass orders to remit the life sentences of all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and requested to release, S. Nalini, Murugan, Shanthan, AG Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, and P. Ravichandran be released immediately.