Tamil Nadu

Perarivalan seeks PM’s intervention

A.G. Perarivalan, one of the life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, on Wednesday called the Supreme Court’s verdict as going against federalism and sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Delivering its verdict on the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the apex court ruled that the Centre, and not the State, has the “primacy” in deciding whether persons convicted under a Central law, or in cases investigated by a Central agency such has the CBI, can be released.

Hours after the verdict came in, the advocates of 42-year-old Perarivalan met him in the Vellore central prison for men for nearly one-and-a-half hours and handed over the judgment copy to him.

“Under CrPC 435 (1), State governments should consult the Centre when remitting the sentences of persons convicted in cases investigated by the CBI. However, in contradiction to this, the Constitution Bench has ruled that the Central government’s concurrence should be obtained. This raises questions about federalism,” Perarivalan said, through this advocates.

He said that Mr. Modi should come forward to clear this inconsistency. “A case can be handed over to CBI only if the State government gives its approval,” he said.

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