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Rajiv case: SC commutes Rajiv killers’ death sentence, Killer mother thanks to SC

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of three convicts Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan in the Rajiv Gandhi 

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New Delhi: In a major relief to three condemned prisoners in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Supreme Court today commuted their death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of 11 years delay in deciding their mercy plea by the Centre.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam rejected the Centre’s submission that there was no unreasonable delay in deciding their mercy plea and the condemned prisoners did not go through agonising experience as they were enjoying life behind the bars.

The bench, also comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and S K Singh, said they are unable to accept the Centre’s view and commuted the death sentence of convicts–Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan–to imprisonment for life subject to remission by the government.

It asked the Centre to give timely advice to the President so that mercy petitions can be decided without unreasonable delay.

It said the government should handle the cases of mercy petitions in a more systematised manner.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed in May 1991. His assassins were convicted by a TADA court in January 1998 and were awarded death sentence, which was confirmed by the apex court May 11, 1999.

“We implore the government to render advice in reasonable time to the President for taking a decision on mercy pleas,” the Supreme Court bench observed, adding that, “We are confident that the mercy plea can be decided much faster than what is being done no

Rajiv case: Perarivalan’s mother now hopes for son’s release

The Supreme Court commuting to life term the death penalty given to her son in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the mother of convict A G Perarivalan today thanked Chief Justice A P Sathasivam for the “historic” verdict.

She initially groped for words on receiving the news of the court order, but soon focused her hopes on his release from prison.

MDMK leader Vaiko, who has been campaigning for abolition of the death penalty in India on the ground that capital punishment has been done away with in 137 countries, hailed the Apex Court order as a “historic judgement”.

“Considering the observations made by the Supreme Court removing Section 432 of CrPc, the state government should consider release of all the three convicted in the Rajiv assassination case”, he demanded.

He urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take steps to release Perarivalan, Santhan and Murugan, who are presently lodged in Vellore prison.

Rights groups and pro Eelam outfits also welcomed the Supreme Court judgement and celebrated it by bursting crackers at various places in Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court today commuted the death sentence of three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment.

“I thank Chief Justice Sathasivam for the verdict. I was waiting for this for 23 years and living with the hope, wandering through streets anticipating for such an order.I now have peace of mind,” an emotional Arputham Ammal told the media soon after the Court commuted the death penalty of her son into life sentence.

“I don’t know what to say. My son has been in jail for the past 23 years though he has not committed any crime. He has suffered for no fault of his. He should be released now, My son is not involved in the murder. My son should be released”, she pleaded. She also thanked those who joined the campaign for commuting the death sentence of three Rajiv assassins.


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