The mother of A G Perarivalan, one of Rajiv Gandhi's assassins who is on death row, on Monday demanded release of her son from jail, claiming he was "innocent".
"My son is innocent and he should be released. He was not involved in the incident," Arputham Ammal told reporters.
She claimed Perarivalan was not in anyway involved in the conspiracy leading to the assassination of the former Prime Minister near Chennai on May 21, 1991.
"When the incident took place he was studying in college and was not involved in hatching the conspiracy. He was not even at the spot...but had gone to watch a Tamil movie when Rajiv was assassinated," the 65-year-old woman told a press conference here.
"If Nalini's death sentence can be commuted to life imprisonment, then why can't they do to my son's sentence?" Ammal asked.
Besides Perarivalan, the two other death row convicts in the Rajiv assassination case are Murugan and Santhan. Last month, the Tamil Nadu Assembly adopted an unanimous resolution asking the President to reconsider the trio's mercy petitions and commute their death sentences into life terms.
Activists of NSUI, student wing of Congress, staged a protest at Press Club, venue of the conference, and tried to disrupt the media meet.
Shouting pro-Rajiv slogans, NSUI leader Suraj Thakur said, "He is our role model and his assassins should not be spared."