The Supreme Court has issued notice to the CBI while hearing on the petition filed by accused AG Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case on Wednesday.
On the issue of release of Rajiv Gandhi assassins, the Supreme Court has asked the central government to take a decision on the Tamil Nadu government letter in three months. The Supreme Court had said that the Central Government take decision on the letter of February 9, 2014 written by the State Government. This letter was written on March 2, 2016, in which the Central Government’s approval was sought for the decision to release the culprit.
Earlier in November last year, the Supreme Court had asked the Center whether it was ready to release Perarivalan. Significantly, the Supreme Court had converted the death penalty of three convicts into life imprisonment on 18 February 2014. These include Santhan and Murugan with the petitioner. AG Perarivalan was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials on 11 June 1991 from Chennai. The death sentence of AG Perarivalan has been converted into the life sentence by the Supreme Court.
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed during an election rally. On May 21, 1991, a woman named Dhanu blew himself up. Apart from Rajiv, 14 other people were also killed in the incident.