Mother of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin files petition before Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Jan. 6 (ANI): The mother A.G. Perarivalan, one of the seven life convicts in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, on Wednesday filed a petition before Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, seeking the release of her son invoking Article 161 of the Constitution.

Arputhammal filed a petition at a special cell of the State Secretariat here.

Article 161 of the Constitution confers power to the Governor to grant pardons, etc, and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases.

“The Governor of a State shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence against any law relating to a matter to which the executive power of the State extends,” it reads.

Emerging out of the Secretariat, she told reporters, “On December 30, Perarivalan had written a letter to Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaia, urging him to order his release.”

“I came here to seek the Chief Minister’s support for the release my son, who is in the jail for nearly 25 years,” she said.

She told reporters since former chief minister M. G. Ramachandran’s 100th birth anniversary was coming on January 17, she demand the release of her son on that occasion.

He is in jail for around 25 years. Everyone tells me to keep faith, but how long can I,” said Arputhammal, while expressing her gratitude to everyone supporting the release of her son.

“He was 21 when he left home, let my son spend his Pongal this year with us,” she said, hoping that her son would returns.

Arputhammal is the mother of 42-year-old AG Perarivalan, one of the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Rajiv Gandhi and 14 others were killed on May 21, 1991 when a suicide bomber blew herself up after touching his feet at an election rally in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai.

The assassination was carried out by Thenmozhi Rajaratnam alias Dhanu, who was associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist organisation from Sri Lanka. The assassination was seen as retaliation for Gandhi having sent Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) to Sri Lanka in 1987. (ANI)

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