Robert Payas, a Sri Lankan national and one of the seven live convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, on Monday came out on parole after a gap of 28 years to make arrangements for his son’s wedding.
Granted one month parole by the Madras High Court with the condition that he should not interact with the media or politicians, Payas came out of the Puzhal prison in Chennai and from there went to the residence of his advocate. His son Tamizhko, a resident of Netherlands, is getting married next month.
Already Nalini also come out of on parole in July on a similar ground to make preparations of her daughter Harithra. She has since gone back to Vellore women’s jail.
Likewise, Perarivalavan is currently on bail till Dec 11 to attend the wedding of his niece in Krishnagiri. He missed his sister’s wedding 23 years ago as he was then in jail. The Tamil Nadu Cabinet on Sept 9 last year, adopted a resolution recommending to the Governor to release all the seven convicts under Article 161 of the Constitution( Remission).
The Cabinet took that decision to release all the seven convicts--Sriharan alias Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan alias Arivu, Nalini, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Jayakumar- in line with the Supreme Court order on Sept 6 when it advised Perarivalavan to resubmit his petition to the Governor for remission.
However, the Governor is still to take a decision.