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From the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi to the release of Perarivalan… what happened when, know the whole thing from date to date


New Delhi: The Supreme Court, in exercise of extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, held the former Prime Minister assassins of rajiv gandhi A. Yes. Perarivalan was ordered to be released. Perarivalan was convicted along with three other accomplices in the former prime minister’s assassination case and was serving a jail term for the past 30 years. In May 1991, during an election rally, a woman blew herself up with a bomb, killing the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Later Perarivalan as well as Murugan, Santhan and Nalini were given life imprisonment. Let us know the whole incident from the 1991 massacre to the release of Perarivalan on 18 May 2022.

May 21, 1991 : Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi died in an explosion of a woman suicide bomber at an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. The woman was identified as Dhanu.

May 24, 1991: The investigation was handed over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

June 11, 1991: The CBI arrested 19-year-old AG Perarivalan. He was booked under the Terrorism and Subversive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

January 28, 1998: TADA court awarded death sentence to 26 accused including Perarivalan.

May 11, 1999: The Supreme Court upheld Perarivalan’s conviction and sentence.

October 8, 1999: The Supreme Court dismissed Perarivalan’s review petition.

Release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killer, what is Article 142 which was used by the Supreme Court
April, 2000:
The Tamil Nadu Governor waived Nalini’s death sentence based on the recommendation of the state government and appeal by Sonia Gandhi, former Congress president and wife of Rajiv Gandhi.

August 12, 2011: Perarivalan filed a mercy petition before the President under Article 72 of the Constitution, which was rejected. Thereafter a writ petition was filed in the Madras High Court.

May 1, 2012: The High Court transferred the matter to the Supreme Court.

February 18, 2014: The Supreme Court commuted Perarivalan’s death sentence along with two other inmates – Santhan and Murugan – to life imprisonment on the basis of an 11-year delay in deciding the mercy plea by the Centre.

December 30, 2015: Perarivalan petitioned for his sentence to be waived under Article 161 of the Constitution.

September 9, 2018: The Tamil Nadu cabinet passed a resolution recommending Perarivalan’s release, which was sent to the governor.

January 25, 2021: The Governor of Tamil Nadu referred the petition filed by Perarivalan under Article 161 to the President of India along with the recommendation made by the Tamil Nadu Cabinet.

March 9, 2022: The Supreme Court released Perarivalan on bail keeping in mind the fact that he spent more than 31 years in jail.

May 18, 2022: The Supreme Court, in exercise of its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution, ordered the release of AG Perarivalan.

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