"I don't know what to say now,” said G Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal, who has been engaged in a long legal battle to see her son out of jail.
"I was eagerly awaiting the verdict today. I thought I will be able to meet you with happiness. We have fought for 23 years", she said.

"I don't know how long I would have to suffer further", she said.

Perarivalan's relative P Leela also expressed disappointment with the Supreme Court’s order.

DMK leader Selvaganapathy said, "I find no reason why the case should be referred to a Constitution Bench as no Constitution issue is involved in this case. The Supreme Court must have given its verdict. This case is different. Law is equal for all".
The Supreme Court has referred the matter on remission of life imprisonment of seven convicts in the case to a larger constitutional bench and said its interim order staying the Tamil Nadu government's decision to free them will continue.

The Tamil Nadu government announced on February 19 its decision to release Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, which was challenged by the Centre the next day and the Supreme Court stayed their release.


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