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AG Perarivalan and the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: What you need to know

After spending 31 years in jail, AG Perarivalan was released by the Supreme Court on May 18. We take a look at the how the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case unfolded in the last three decades.

POLITICS  |   4-minute read  |   20-05-2022

The Supreme Court on Wednesday (May 18) ordered the release of AG Perarivalan, one of the life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Perarivalan, who is 50 now, has spent 31 years in jail and was released on the plea of the Tamil Nadu government.

The top court had refused to agree with the Centre's suggestion that the court should wait till the President decides on the issue. SC had earlier granted him bail in March while taking note of his long incarceration and no history of complaints when out on parole.

Perarivalan was accused of buying the two 9-volt batteries used in the bomb to assassinate the former prime minister in 1991. Perarivalan was 19 years old at that time. 

Seven years later, he was sentenced to death by a Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court in 1998. The SC upheld the sentence in 1999 but changed it to life imprisonment in 2014, reported the Indian Express.

We take a look at who Perarivalan is, how he was convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, and what led to his release.

 

 

RAJIV GANDHI ASSASSINATION

Dhanu (circled), moments before Rajiv Gandhi's assassination in Sriperumbudur. (India Today file photo)

LTTE supremo Prabhakaran. (India Today file photo)

THE CASE BEGINS

CHARGES AGAINST PERARIVALAN AND HIS VERSION OF THE STORY

HOW ARTICLE 142 WAS USED TO SET PERARIVALAN FREE

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