Perarivalan was found guilty of supplying two 9-volt batteries which were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv Gandhi.
The Supreme Court has asked CBI to respond to the plea within three weeks, and has listed the matter for hearing on February 21.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at an election rally on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu.
The Centre sought some time from the bench for filing its reply on Perarivalan’s plea seeking suspension of his sentence till the MDMA conclude into the conspiracy behind making of the bomb.
The court referred to the reports filed before it by the CBI and observed that the investigation by the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency could be “endless”.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Justice Thomas said there were “serious flaws” in the CBI’s investigation in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Perarivalan was held guilty for supplying two nine-volt batteries that were allegedly used in the improvised explosive device (IED) that killed Rajiv in 1991.
The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, brought in by the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan, carries echoes of the draconian Defamation Bill which then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi tried to enact and was forced to abandon in 1988.
“Over all, Rajiv Gandhi visit to China was an ice breaking trip, very important in resuming and developing friendship between China and India,” Zeng Xyyong wrote in the article.
Soon after the media reported about the order, Arputhambal, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhambal told The Indian Express: “I won’t believe it until my Arivu comes out. I was promised this several times.”
Among other political leaders, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee also paid her tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on Twitter. “Sincere tribute to #RajivGandhi on his birth anniversary,” the West Bengal Chief Minister tweeted.
A sanitised copy of the classified 11-page report was released by the CIA in December 2016 along with several other documents related to India.
Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt demanded that the references, to the Emergency and the Bofors scandal, be removed from the history and political science textbook. Congress members said the government-approved textbooks should contain an account of history, not a political commentary.
Thirty years after Rajiv Gandhi’s accord with Sri Lanka, demonstrations of hegemonic power have given way to cooperation rather than coercion. In late May, 30 years ago, the Sri Lankan Navy impeded an Indian flotilla with humanitarian assistance for the beleaguered Tamils. Last month, Colombo welcomed three Indian Navy vessels to assist in relief operations after the island’s devastating floods.
Reddy said that nearly 300 volunteers of the Rajiv Jyoti Sadbhavana Yatra would join the protest at Sriperumbudur, where Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by LTTE’s woman suicide bomber on May 21, 1991. “It will be a silent protest.”