In a significant decision, the Tamil Nadu government has agreed to provide ordinary leave or parole to AG Perarivalan, who is one of the convicts serving jail sentence for involvement in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. This will be the first time that Perarivalan will be spending time outside the jail in the last 26 years. The Tamil Nadu government has issued orders to the deputy inspector of general of police of Vellore Range to give parole to Perarivalan. The order was issued by additional chief secretary Niranjan Mardi. The ordinary leave or parole has been granted to Perarivalan, as per rule 19 of the Tamil Nadu Suspension of Sentence Rules 1982. The advocate general of Tamil Nadu was consulted on the matter, and the ordinary leave was granted after the approval of the advocate general of Tamil Nadu. Police officials have been directed to provide adequate security to Perarivalan during his ordinary leave.
The ordinary leave has been granted on compassionate grounds since Perarivalan’s father is ailing and wants to meet his son. Perarivalan’s mother recently met Chief Minister Palaniswami, after which the decision was taken to grant ordinary leave to Perarivalan. Perarivalan has been given ordinary leave for a period of 30 days. He has remained in prison since he was 19 years of age. This is the first time he will be stepping out of the jail in the last 26 years.