The Governor of Tamil Nadu has to decide the early release of convicts sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court on Saturday. In an affidavit submitted to the apex court, the agency said that the subject of the initial release was an issue between the governor and the petitioner. AG Perarivalan (one of the culprits) and CBI have no role in it.
The CBI also told the top court that they have not received any request from Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who is seeking details of the investigation being carried out by the agency behind the killing of the former Prime Minister. In 2018, the Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended premature release of the culprits. The request is pending with the governor.
The Tamil Nadu government told the Madras High Court in September this year that the governor’s secretary has informed the government that “the governor is waiting for the final report of the MDMA (the multi-disciplinary monitoring agency of which the CBI is part”) of the convicts. For premature release decision “.
In a similar plea that is pending before the Supreme Court, in this, the CBI has told the apex court that it is for the Governor to decide whether the punishment of the culprits should be waived or not. The central agency has also told the court that investigations into the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of the former Prime Minister are going on.
The CBI’s affidavit came after a notice from the top court on Perarivalan’s mother’s plea to release him early. The Supreme Court expressed displeasure over the fact that the request was pending with Governor Purohit for two years. One of the seven convicts sentenced to life imprisonment, 46-year-old Perarivalan had sought suspension of his life sentence in the case until the CBI-led MDMA investigation was completed.