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"I firmly believe there is no need for capital punishment. Not just for mercy...many justices including Supreme Court chief justices have said so and there are many examples. Everybody is human," Perarivalan told reporters with his mother Arputhammal and relatives by his side.
Written by Harshit Sabarwal | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan, New Delhi
Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: AG Perarivalan was 19 when he was arrested for buying two 9-volt batteries, which were used in the bomb in the 1991 assassination.
Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Supreme Court held that the decision of the Governor to refer the mercy plea of AG Perarivalan to President of India has no constitutional backing
The seven convicts serving life imprisonment are: Murugan, Santhan, A G Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini. Rajiv Gandhi was killed in a suicide bomb attack at Sriperumbudur, near here, in May 1991.