Governor Banwarilal Purohit has rejected the Tamil Nadu government’s recommendation for the pending 2018 Tamil Nadu government’s decision to release Perarivalan, Murugan, Nalini, Chandan, Robert, Ravichandran and Jayakumar, who were jailed in connection with the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Two years ago, the Tamil Nadu cabinet recommended the release of seven people under Article 161 of the Indian Constitution. In the meantime, the court adjourned the case to February 9, giving the governor 7 days to decide on the case (January 21) in the ongoing Supreme Court hearing (January 21) seeking his release.
In this context, the petition filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of the Union Home Ministry states, “The Governor of Tamil Nadu has examined all the documents and details regarding the release of Perarivalan and has conveyed to the Central Government on January 25 that his explanation that only the President can decide on the release of Perarivalan.”
On January 25, Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit informed the Union Home Ministry of his decision to reject the Tamil Nadu government’s recommendation for the release of seven people and explanation that only the President can decide on the release of Perarivalan. However, it was not informed to the Tamil Nadu government.
Even a few days after the governor announced the decision, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanichamy met the governor on January 29 and issued a letter regarding the release of the seven. Even for the last few days, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has been saying that the Governor of Tamil Nadu will take a good decision.
The governor responded on January 25. When reporters asked him if he knew you had met the governor on January 29, he said, “How do we know that?” we can only put pressure on our side. Our position is that 7 people should be released. I hope the President will make a good decision” said Minister Jayakumar.
Tamil Nadu Law Minister CV Shanmugam told reporters, “The governor has responded to the release of 7 people, including Perarivalan. Legal advice is being sought on this. The next step will be decided after legal advice, ”he said.
Various questions arise as to whether why the Governor did not inform his reply during the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s meeting with the Ministers, why he should inform the Union Cabinet only without informing the State Cabinet of his decision, whether the path to release the seven is right and what is their position now.