Supreme Court not happy with Governor sitting on Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict's remission file for two years

3 nov 2020

Supreme Court not happy with Governor sitting on Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict's remission file for two years

A bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of Justices Ajay Rastogi and Hemant Gupta with Justice L Nageswara Rao as the presiding judge expressed unhappiness over the fact that the recommendation made by the Tamil Nadu state government for the remission of the sentence of A G Perarivalan, the convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, had been pending before the Governor for over two years.
The Additional Advocate General for Tamil Nadu, Balajaji Srinivasan, informed the bench that the Governor was waiting for the report of the Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency which is looking into the angle of 'larger conspiracy' behind the case. The CBI, however, was waiting for replies to rogatory messages sent to UK and Bangkok since the investigation involved foreign countries.
The bench pointed out that the inquiry was not related to those people who are convicts and also asked if the Court can ask the Governor to decide under article 161 of the Constitution.
The next hearing is on November 23.