Chennai: Endorsing the view of Arputham Ammal, mother of A. G. Perarivalan - one of the convicts in the former PM Rajiv Gandhi assassination case — PMK founder Dr S. Ramadoss has demanded that the parole for Perarivalan be extended by one more month.
Contending that Arputham Ammal's request is "justified, since the long pending plea for the release of Perarivalan is yet to be fulfilled, Dr. Ramadoss said Tamil Nadu government should extend the parole of Perarivalan as he is not violating the procedures and for the sake of his father's medial treatment.
On Friday, Mrs. Arputham appealed to CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami to extend the ordinary leave granted to her son by another 30 days. This is the second time that she has petitioned Mr. Palaniswami requesting to extend the leave of her son, citing the health condition of her husband and her daughter.
"He was granted parole since his aged mother and father are suffering from ailments and he is duty bound to take care of them. During his parole period, medical treatment for his father started and there is little improvement in his health. Doctors have advised to continue it. There is no doubt that if Perarivalan is around, it will do a lot of good mentally and physically (for them)," he said.
Dr Ramadoss further said that Perarivalan has filed a case in the Supreme Court against the inquiry of the Multi Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) and there are chances for a verdict to be delivered in his favour.
Recalling that late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had made it clear that her government would go ahead with the decision of the State Cabinet to release all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the PMK leader said, the present government should take steps to facilitate this. "In case this is not feasible, it would be appropriate for the government to enlarge Perarivalan and others on unconditional long-term parole till the final verdict is pronounced," Dr. Ramadoss urged.