Madras High Court Grants 30 days leave to Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case convict, on the grounds of illness.

25 Sept 2020

Madras High Court Grants 30 days leave to Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case convict, on the grounds of illness.

In view of multiple co-morbid illness and high chances of giving covid-19 infection in the prison, the Madras High Court on Thursday directed the concerned authorities to grant 30 days’ leave to a convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, T. Arputham. The bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice P. Velmurugan noted that the convict had recently availed 60 days leave and the next spell of ordianary leave could be granted to him only from 12.01.2022, in terms of section 22(3) of the Tamil Nadu Suspension of Sentence Rules, 1982.

As per this provision, next spell of leave can be granted only after two years from the date on which the convict returned from the last ordinary leave. In the case at hand, since the petitioner had recently returned from a 60 days leave on 11.01.2020.