Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC seeks Centre’s opinion on releasing Perarivalan

New Delhi  Nov 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Central Government if it is willing to set free convict AG Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case or not .

The Centre has challenged Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release Perarivalan in the assassination of former prime minister who was killed by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India on Tuesday, May 21, 1991 .

Perarivalan is on life imprisonment along with Murugan and Santhan who were other two convicts of the same case .

A division bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi and also comprising Justices Navin Sinha granted two weeks time to the Centre to reply in this case .

The Top Court fixed the matter for further hearing to December 6 .

Perarivalan was arrested on June 11, 1991 at Periyar Thidal, Chennai by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers . He is charged with providing a 9-volt battery for the explosive device to assassination conspirator Sivarasan .

His death penalty finally commuted to life term imprisonment after Supreme Court verdict on February 18, 2014 .

On August 25, for the first time since his arrest in 1991 Perarivalan was granted parole by the Tamil Nadu Government . (ANI)