It is up to the governor of Tamil Nadu to decide on the early release of convicts serving life sentences for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Saturday. to the Supreme Court.
In an affidavit to the Supreme Court, the agency said the topic of early release was an issue between the governor and the petitioner – one of the convicts AG Perarivalan – and the CBI has no role in it.
The CBI also told the Supreme Court it had not received any request from Governor Banwarilal Purohit asking for the details of the agency’s investigation into the larger plot behind the assassination of the former prime minister.
The Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended in 2018 the premature release of the convicts. The submission is pending with the governor.
The government of Tamil Nadu told the Madras High Court in September this year that the governor’s secretary informed the government that “the governor is awaiting the final report from MDMA (the multidisciplinary monitoring agency of which the CBI is a part). ) to decide on the premature release of convicts “.
In a similar plea, pending before the Supreme Court, the CBI told the high court that it was up to the governor to decide on the remission of sentences of convicts.
The central agency also told the court that the investigation into the larger plot behind the assassination of the former prime minister was continuing.
The CBI affidavit follows a superior court opinion on a plea from Perarivalan’s mother for releasing him early. The Supreme Court said it was unhappy that the claim had been pending with Governor Purohit for more than two years.
One of the seven convicts serving life sentences, Perarivalan, 46, had requested a suspension of his life sentence in the case until the MDMA investigation by the CBI was completed.