Thirumavalavan, Arputham Ammal meet Amit Shah

Chidambaram MP and Viduthalai Chiruthaikal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan today met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Delhi and sought him take steps for the release of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

He was accompanied by Arputham Ammal, mother of Perarivalan, one of the seven convicts undergoing life sentence in the former Prime Minister assassination case.

VCK General Secretary and Villupuram MP D Ravikumar, who was also present at the meeting, said, “The petition for their release is pending before the Governor.”

He added: “The power rests with the Governor now. We hope that a proactive role by the Government will help the Governor follow their lead.”

After the Supreme Court put the ball in the court of the State government to release the convicts, the AIADMK government 2018, recommended to the Governor to order their release. The Governor is yet to act in the case.

For over two decades, Arputhammal has been waging a legal battle for the release of her son. The 71-year-old mother maintains that her son is innocent in the assassination by the LTTE.