Perarivalan claim on battery not in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case chargesheet, says former CBI officer Thyagarajan

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Courtesy – C.S. Salil, India Today

perarivalan-660_112613014200New revelations are set to add a twist to the death penalty awarded to Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Perarivalan, who is on the death row, could be hanged anytime now as his mercy petition has been rejected by the President.

In a documentary against the death penalty, V. Thyagarajan, who was then SP of CBI, Kerala and was part of the Special Investigation Team headed by D.R. Karthikeyan, has said that he has not provided the entire statement made by Perarivalan to the probe team in the chargesheet. Perarivalan had said elsewhere that he had no idea about the end use of the battery he supplied.

Thyagarajan said it was the same with the others who were sentenced to death except Nalini, whose death sentence was commuted, Murugan and the LTTE suicide squad apart from LTTE supremo Prabhakaran and intelligence chief Pottu Amman.

As they were tried under TADA, those who helped or created an atmosphere conducive to the terrorist act were also an accessory to the crime. Would the former CBI officers confession make a change in the verdict? Would he go for a review of the verdict based on his conscience is the question now uppermost in the minds of all.

Meanwhile, the biography of Perarivalan’s mother Arputha Ammal will be published in Malayalam soon. The book, written by journalist Anusree, takes the reader through the desperate and harrowing journey of a mother who for more than two decades has been trying to prove the innocence of her son.

The book describes the mother’s journey between the life of her son and the gallows. The book, Adanja Vaathilukalkku Munpil (In Front of Closed Doors), is to be released on December 2, 2013 and will be translated to Tamil later. The author, Anusree, said that she had only “translated the feelings of a mother”. “I first met her on September 9, 2011 and she was waiting in front of the high security prison to see her son who had by that time completed 20 years in a prison cell.”

arputham--ammal-660_112613021103The life of Arputha Ammal speaks of the insensitivity of our system, the various acts of omission and commission by those in authority and how persons not having high connections are turned into pawns by the powerful. The will and determination shown by Arputha Ammal is an inspiration for all those values that are needed for a world with justice, says Anusree.

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