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Rahul has no objection to Rajiv case convict Perarivalan's

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Rahul has no objection to the release of assassination case convict A G Perarivalan, top Tamil film P A said today.

The director, after his meeting with the in New Delhi, said he sought Rahul Gandhi's views on Perarivalan's release and if he had any objection to it.

"I made a request on Perarivalan's release and I sought his (Rahul Gandhi) view. I asked him if he has any objection.

He said he has no objection. If needed, he said he was willing to extend help for his release," told

Describing Perarivalan's incarceration as a "thing of pain," the said he is an "ordinary man who has been languishing in jail for 27 years for buying a battery."

At the end of discussion (with Rahul Gandhi), "it suddenly struck me that I should make this request," he said.

The also referred to his meeting with Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan, who has been championing the cause of her son's release for many years now.

The director lauded the for "a very good, transparent conversation."

Asked if any references cropped up about the six other convicts in the case, answered in the negative.

In a tweet, Rahul said, "I met P A Ranjith the man behind blockbuster films like 'Madras', 'Kabali' and 'Kaala' and Kalaiyarasan, in yesterday.

We talked about politics, films and society. I enjoyed the interaction and look forward to continuing our dialogue."

Ranjith made his directorial debut with a romantic comedy 'Attakathi' before going on to make the political drama 'Madras' and the Rajinikanth starrers 'Kabali' and ''

The had on March 14 dismissed Perarivalan's plea in the assassination case seeking recall of the May 1999 verdict upholding his conviction.

The apex court had said the materials brought on record before it does not inspire confidence to interfere with the May 11, 1999 verdict in which Perarivalan and three others were initially awarded death sentence which was later commuted to life term.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and M M Shantanagoudar, however, had kept the main petition of 45-year-old Perarivalan pending in which he has sought suspension of his life sentence in the case till completion of the probe by CBI-led Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency into the larger conspiracy behind the assassination.

Perarivalan was last year granted 30-day parole by the government for the first time since his incarceration in 1991.

Former was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 21:20 IST