NEW DELHI: A convict who has spent 26 years in jail for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi has asked the Supreme Court to suspend his life term until a multi-agency investigation is complete. The centre and the CBI have been asked to respond within two weeks to the request of AG Perarivalan, who was convicted of supplying batteries for the bomb that killed the former Prime Minister in 1991.
Perarivalan’s lawyer – Gopal Sankaranarayanan- today told the court that his client had been jailed for supplying two nine volt batteries to make the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi in 1991, but the CBI never questioned him at the time whether he knew what the batteries were for when he provided them.
The lawyer quoted an affidavit filed by V Thiagarajan – a senior CBI officer at the time, who said he didn’t question Perarivalan on that aspect.
Perarivalan’s lawyer also told the top court that the person who made the bomb is in Sri Lanka and the multi-disciplinary agency investigating the case hasn’t questioned him.
The agency was constituted in 1998 following the recommendation of the Jain Commission which probed the conspiracy.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a woman operative of the separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE, who greeted him at a rally in Sriperumbudur town with a bomb strapped to her chest.
Perarivalan has spent 14 years in solitary confinement after being sentenced to death. His death sentence was changed to a life term by the Supreme Court in 2014.
The case will be heard next on December 6.