- AG Perarivalan spent 26 years in jail for Rajiv Gandhi's assassination
- Has requested Supreme Court to reopen case, cancel his conviction
- Move comes after CBI said it got "no help from Sri Lanka" in the probe
AG Perarivalan was convicted of supplying two nine-volt batteries for the belt-bomb that killed the former prime minister in 1991, and sentenced to life in jail. Last year, he had asked for pardon, saying that the CBI dropped the part in his confession where he had said he had "absolutely no idea" what the batteries were for.
The CBI told the court that the conspiracy behind the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi could not be investigated as the "Sri Lankan authorities were not cooperating".
Perarivalan's appeal for a court review of his sentence quotes V Thiagarajan - a senior CBI officer at the time - who had said that he hadn't questioned him properly. The former officer had reportedly also said Perarivalan didn't know the purpose of the batteries he bought.
Perarivalan had also told the Supreme Court that the person who made the bomb is in Sri Lanka and hadn't been questioned yet by investigators.
A multi-agency probe was set up in 1998 on the recommendation of the Jain Commission which investigated the Rajiv Gandhi assassination conspiracy.
Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a woman operative of the separatist Lankan Tamil outfit LTTE, who greeted him at a rally in Sriperumbudur town with a bomb strapped to her chest.
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