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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has said that the Supreme Court’s decision to release Rajiv Gandhi’s killer, Perarivalan, was a huge victory for the state. Stalin said Perarivalan had lost over 30 years in jail. The Supreme court, invoking Article 142, ordered the release of Perarivalan on Wednesday.

Article 142 allows the Supreme Court to pass any order necessary to do complete justice in any case or matter pending before it.

“Now he is going to take a fresh breath of freedom, and I wish him well. This is a huge victory for the state’s rights as well,” said MK Stalin.

Talking about the released convict’s mother’s determination to see her son free, CM Stain said, “Arputhammal has been a mother who has gone to all extremes to get freedom for her son, and I wish her well as well.”

The Chief Minister said that this judgment had not just upheld human rights but the state’s rights as well.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president, KS Alagiri, said, “The Supreme Court earlier convicted them and now they have released Perarivalan based on legality. We don’t want to criticize the Supreme Court verdict but we wish to emphasize that the convicts are ‘murderers’ and that they are not innocent.”

Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at Sriperumbudur at 10.20 pm on May 21, 1991. The CBI arrested G Perarivalan, who was 19-years-old back then, on June 11. He was booked under the Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).

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