For the question of what's next in AG Perarivalan's life, his mother Aruputhammal has divulged that her family has begun the process of looking for a bride for the former long-term convict and now a free man. Perarivalan was one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and he was released through a historical verdict of the Supreme Court from the prison on May 18, 2022, after serving three decades of incarceration.
After being released, Perarivalan has been meeting political leaders in Tamil Nadu. Firstly, he had Chief Minister MK Stalin and thanked him for the efforts taken by the state government for his release. Perarivalan had then met Edappadi Palaniswami, Vaiko, and Seeman. With huge reception from several political parties and organizations, Perarivalan has been touring Tamil Nadu and attending various events.
In line with that, Perarivalan and his mother Arputhammal had visited Salem where they had held a meeting with actor-and-politician Udhayanidhi Stalin, who was camping in the district for a movie shooting. Perarivalan has met Udhayanidhi on Friday- May 20 and he also had met film director Mari Selvaraj. Addressing the media after meeting Udhayanidhi, Arputhammal said, "We have been meeting the political leaders and thanking them for rendering their voice for Perarivalan's release."
She said, "Further to that, we have met Udhayanidhi Stalin and Mari Selvaraj and thanked them. My son went to prison at the age of 19 and now he has become free after 31 years. This verdict from Supreme Court would benefit several people who are lodged in prison. I am more anxious that I have to build a family for Perarivalan. We are ready for his marriage if he gets a bride. We have already begun looking for a bride."
Speaking to the media, Perarivalan said, "This is like a new world for me. I had no disturbance in the prison. The authorities had taken care and in the prison, I have taught other inmates. Through my prison sentence, I have felt about the travails a common man must go through if he got accused in a case. The decision of the state's cabinet is final and the Supreme Court has strongly said that decision would control the Governor. This verdict will be useful to others."
On May 21, 1991, the blast set off by a suicide bomber of LTTE in Sriperumbudur had killed the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, who came for a campaign, and 15 others including the bomber. Perarivalan was arrested after the blast after he was accused of procuring batteries for the bomb. He was awarded the death penalty in 1999 and it was commuted to life in 2014. He was one of the seven convicts and in 2017, former CBI officer Thiagarajan, who inquired Perarivalan after the bombing, has revealed that he had failed to add Perarivalan's statement in his confession that he didn't know the purpose of why he bought the batteries.
Thiagarajan had questioned Perarivalan in 1991 and recorded his statement. Two decades later, the CBI officer has admitted that he had omitted to record an important part of Perarivalan's confession. Perarivalan was imprisoned for 31 years and he was fully released on May 18, 2022, based on the verdict in which the Supreme Court has invoked Article 142 of the Constitution.
The apex court bench, comprised of Justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai, and AS Bopanna has invoked its powers under Article 142 of the Constitution and released Perarivalan, who was already on bail. The apex court was of the view that the inappropriate delay in deciding Perarivalan's early release plea by the Governor under Article 161 has warranted his release.