CHENNAI: Soon after the Supreme Court's announcement on the release of Perarivalan was out, several leaders from Tamil Nadu, including Chief Minister MK Stalin, hailed the verdict and said it was a big relief.
BJP state president K Annamalai said the party "accepts" the apex court verdict, saying the relief to Perarivalan was given by the SC based on its extraordinary power under Article 142.
"We also believe the Supreme Court will not allow compromising with our unity, security and integrity," he said in a tweet.
CPI General Secretary D Raja said his party welcomed the verdict and pointed out at the long incarceration of Perarivalan. He also wanted the Governor to act in accordance with the Constitution and said the verdict raised many questions about the office of the gubernatorial post.
Political leaders, including MDMK founder Vaiko and PMK leader S Ramadoss, welcomed his release.
AIADMK MP P Ravindranath also welcomed the SC verdict. The K Palaniswami-led AIADMK cabinet had in 2018 recommended to the then Governor Banwarilal Purohit, the release of all seven convicts in assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, who was killed by a suicide bomber of the LTTE at an election meeting in Tamil Nadu's Sriperumbudur in 1991.