Rajiv Gandhi Case Convict Granted Bail

On Wednesday, i.e., 9 March, Supreme Court of India released A.G. Perarivalan, convicted in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, on bail. The hon’ble court took into account the fact Perarivalan has suffered over 30 years of imprisonment, to which the centre vehemently objected. The case was heard by a bench of Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice B.R. Gavai. They found that Perarivalan was entitled to bail on the basis of his conduct during his incarceration, including acquisition of educational qualifications, and ill-health. The bail would be subject to conditions imposed by the trial court and Perarivalan will have to report to the local police station. The Centre represented by Additional Solicitor-General K.M. Nataraj, urged the court to direct Perarivalan to report before the CBI as a condition, but the Bench saved him a 100-km journey from his hometown of Jolarpettai to the CBI office in Chennai. Now, Perarivalan is on parole, but will not be allowed to step out of his house or meet anyone, according to senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayanan, who represented him along with advocate Prabu Ramasubramanian. The court finally listed the case for further hearing in April. The Court would decide on the powers of the Governor to decide the question of his early release, which was approved by the Tamil Nadu Cabinet, and the Governor’s reference of the matter to the President.

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