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India’s Supreme Court orders release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan

The Supreme Court of India on Wednesday (18) ordered the release of A G Perarivalan, one of the life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, The Indian Express reports.

Perarivalan, who was 19 years old at the time of Gandhi’s killing in 1991, was accused of buying the two 9-volt batteries used in the bomb to assassinate the former prime minister. He was sentenced to death by a TADA court in 1998. 

The Supreme Court upheld the sentence the next year but commuted it to life imprisonment in 2014. The top court had granted him bail in March this year. 

In 2018, Perarivalan approached the top Court aggrieved by the delay in his release despite a recommendation given by the Tamil Nadu government to remit his sentence. In March this year, the top court had granted him bail.

The Supreme Court verdict will pave the way for the release of the other six convicts in the case, including Nalini Sriharan and her husband Murugan, a Sri Lankan national.

Source: The Indian Express