Chennai News Live: Textile body seeks PLI scheme in state; Congress functionary resigns after DMK celebrates Perarivalan’s release

AG Perarivalan, AG Perarivalan, Rajiv Gandhi assassination case released AG Perarivalan, the convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, plays an instrument to celebrate after being released by the Supreme Court using special powers, at his home in Jolarpet, Tirupator district, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. (PTI Photo)

Judge KT Thomas (ret.), who presided over the bench of the High Court that sentenced AG Perarivalan to death in 1999, said on Wednesday that he wanted to meet the accused in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, and wished him to live a normal life. Justice Thomas’ comments came shortly after the Supreme Court ordered the release of the convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, as he exercised his powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, which enables the court to issue orders for full justice in the case.

“I wish to see him,” said Judge Thomas, after hearing the news of Piraivalan’s release in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. “Perarivalan, if you find the time, come visit me…” said Thomas while speaking to The Indian Express from his residence in Kottayam, Kerala. After the long imprisonment and the release of the age of fifty, what do I say to him? He should get married soon.. He should live happily.. with his loved ones. I give full credit to his mother (Arbotham Amal). “She deserves all the credit,” he said.

After the development, most of the political leaders of Tamil Nadu and Piraivalan state welcomed the decision of the Supreme Court. The Prime Minister of Tamil Nadu has congratulated MK Stalin AG Perarivan on his release. Addressing the media, Stalin said the Supreme Court’s order was historic. He noted that DMK promised to make efforts to release the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi case in his statement.

Stalin said: “The regime will be remembered in history not only for a person called Perarivalan, but also for the founding of the federal philosophy and the independence of the state.” He added that the judges of the Supreme Court had clearly stated while hearing the petition for the release of Pirarivalan that the governor had no power to interfere in the decision of the state government.

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