The Supreme Court ordered the release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict A G Perarivalan, exercising its powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.
It said that any delay on the part of the Governor to decide on the exercise of powers under Article 161 to grant pardon, remission of sentence etc is subject to judicial review.
Perarivalan was sentenced to death in May 1999 after being convicted for purchasing the 8-volt battery that was used by the assassins to trigger the belt bomb that killed former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The Indian Navy successfully carried out the maiden test firing of the first indigenously developed naval anti-ship missile from a Seaking helicopter.
The test was conducted at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) in Odisha’s Balasore.The Indian Navy carried out the test in association with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The test-firing of the new missile came over a month after an anti-ship version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was successfully test-fired jointly by the Indian Navy and the Andaman and Nicobar Command.