After 26 years, Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict gets parole of 30 days
For the first time in 26 years, a convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, Perarivalan walked out of Vellore jail on parole. The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday issued orders granting parole for 30 days to Perarivalan a month after Chief Minister Edappadi Palanismay said that the request would be considered.
In an official letter to the police department, the additional chief secretary to the Tamil Nadu government has allowed ordinary leave to be granted to Perarivalan. "...ordinary leave can be granted on the condition that life convict Perarivalan should be provided with a strong police escort during the period of leave," the letter says.
A G Perarivalan has spent 26 years in jail and has been granted parole for the very first time. DMK's working president M K Stalin had raised the issue of parole to Perarivalan in the state assembly. Stalin along with MLAs from other opposition parties had urged the government to grant parole. Perarivalan's mother had petitioned the government multiple times to grant parole to her son so he can meet his bed-ridden father.
In 2014, then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa had decided to release all seven convicts in the case which was followed up with letters to the Union home secretary. The Supreme Court, however, did not allow the same.