Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin grants 30-day leave to Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Perarivalan

Arputhammal, the mother of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict AG Perarivalan, has thanked Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin for granting leave to her son.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has granted a 30-day ordinary leave to AG Perarivalan, who has been serving a life sentence after conviction in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Stalin granted the leave after a request was made by the convict’s mother, Arputhammal.

Arputhammal had earlier written to the Tamil Nadu chief minister and requested leave for Perarivalan on medical grounds amid the ongoing second Covid-19 wave. She made the request for leave on two grounds.

First, the Covid risk Perarivalan faces as he has been put under the ‘high-risk category’ by the prison doctor due to his health condition and second, Perarivalan still has an unaddressed medical issue for which he requires treatment.

During his previous leave due to the Covid pandemic, all hospital wards were converted into Covid wards, and he could not get treatment.

Another point mentioned by Arputhammal in her request was the Supreme Court’s May 7 order, requesting prisons to reduce the number of inmates and also to grant leave to those who had received it last year.

After the leave request was approved, Arputhammal said, “I thank Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin for sanctioning leave to Perarivalan, understanding a mother’s emotion, and understanding Perarivalan’s health condition.”

Perarivalan is serving a life sentence in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. A Tamil Nadu government recommendation for his release under Article 161 is still pending before the state governor. The Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict has served 30 years in prison now.

Source: India Today

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