The supreme court on Wednesday ordered the release of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case Convicts AG Perarivalan.
He was 19 when he was arrested for buying two 9-volt batteries used in the bomb. He is to walk free after 31 years in jail.
“The court passed the order considering his conduct in jail, medical condition, educational qualifications attained in jail and the pendency of his mercy plea since 2015.”
On this decision of the supreme court, congress expressed their dismay, the Party spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Congress was ‘deeply saddened and questioned the upholding of the ‘integrity of the law’.
“We are deeply saddened by the decision of the Supreme Court. If those guilty of terrorism and assassination of a prime minister are going to be released like this, then who will uphold the integrity of law in this country?” Surjewala asked reporters at a press conference in Delhi.
Surjewala said, “PM Modi and his government need to answer today – is this your duplicity and doublespeak on terrorism?”
“Are you going to be complicit in the release of terrorists and murderers of the former prime minister of this country by silence?”