‘Why must Rajiv case convict be caught in battle over mercy plea’ | India News

NEW DELHI: A G Perarivalan, the convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, had applied to the governor for pardon in December 2015 and the SC in September 2018 asked the governor to decide the pardon plea “as he deemed fit”. The state government in the same month had recommended to the governor to remit the sentence of all the seven convicts and release him forthwith.
At the outset of hearing, the bench said that the court could pass order for his release without deciding the issue on whether the President or the governor is competent authority in this case. “Why should he be caught in the battle on who should decide his plea… Why do not we pass order to release him without going into the issue as he has already spent 36 years in jail,” the bench said.
Additional solicitor general K M Nataraj, appearing for the Centre, however, insisted that the issue be adjudicated by the…

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