The Supreme Court has ordered the release of former, Perarivalan today (18). He was in jail for 31 years and was released on the plea of the Tamil Nadu government.
Under Article 161 of the Constitution, the Governor is bound by the advice given by the Tamil Nadu Council of Ministers to the Governor to release Perarivalan. The court, during arguments, had orally observed that the Governor Prima facie had no authority to transfer the mercy plea to the President. There was no role for the President under Article 161.