September 13, 2016
AG Perarivalan, who was convicted to life in prison for the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, was allegedly attacked by a fellow inmate inside the Vellore Central Prison at around 6 am today. He is being currently treated at the prison hospital. The inmate had attacked him with an iron rod.
Trouble began when Rajesh Khanna (46), a kidnap and murder convict who had been lodged in the prison for the last 13 years, picked up an argument with Perarivalan. According to sources, the argument turned physical and Perarivalan suffered injuries on his forehead and hands. Perarivalan received four stitches on his forehead.
Rajesh, the sources said, was going to be shifted out of the high-risk block following complaints from other inmates. An inquiry is on into the incident.
Seven persons – Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran – were convicted in the assassination case of Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991. Nalini’s death sentence was commuted to life in 2000 following an appeal from Rajiv Gandhi’s widow, Sonia.
The Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan, and Perarivalan in February 2014, following inordinate delay in disposing of their mercy petitions. This year, the Tamil Nadu government announced its decision to remit the sentences of all the convicts, but the matter is now pending in the Supreme Court, following the Centre’s questioning the state government’s powers to free the convicts in a case of national importance.