New Delhi (ILNS): The Supreme Court bench led by Justice L Nageswara Rao today heard a plea filed by one of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts, AG Perarivalan, for the remission of sentence.
The court has extended the parole granted by the Madras High Court to Perarivalan by a week. Last month, owing to the life convict’s multiple health complications in the wake of the pandemic, the Madras High Court had extended his parole by two more weeks. till November 23.
The CBI has informed the Supreme Court that it has no role in the matter as the issue is between the Tamil Nadu Governor and convict.
The court has also directed the State of Tamil Nadu to provide all facilities to the accused during his hospital visits. The extension order has been served for a medical check-up.
In the year 2014, the Supreme Court had commuted the death penalty of Perarivalan, along with two other convicts who had spent over 20 years in death row to life sentence on the ground of inordinate delay in deciding their mercy petitions.
AG Perarivalan has been in jail for over 29 years.