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SC dismisses A G Perarivalan's plea in Rajiv assassination case

The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of convict A G Perarivalan seeking a recall of its May 1999 judgement upholding his conviction in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi, R Banumathi and M Shantanagoudar said it does not need to interfere with its 1999 verdict upholding Perarivalans conviction. Earlier, the CBI had sought dismissal of Perarivalans plea claiming it was devoid of any merits. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, CBIs Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA), probing the larger conspiracy aspect behind Gandhis assassination, had said that the role of convict Perarivalan in the conspiracy resulting in the killing of the former prime minister and others have already been upheld by the top court. The Supreme Court today also asked the MDMA to submit its status report in four weeks. The agency had said that the application seeking a recall of the May 11, 1999, apex court judgement was not maintainable since it seeks to reopen the whole matter on merits which cannot be permissible. Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991, at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally. Fourteen others, including Dhanu herself, were also killed.
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