‘I was eagerly awaiting the verdict today. I thought I will be able to meet you (press) with happiness. We have fought for 23 years’, mother of G Perarivalan said.
Centre had filed a petition challenging the Tamil Nadu Government’s authority in ordering the release of all seven convicts.
On Feb. 18, court had commuted death sentence of the accused to life imprisonment on ground of delay by Centre in deciding their mercy plea.
Centre submitted that January 21 judgement, by which 15 condemned prisoners were granted life and paved the way for similar relief for Rajiv Gandhi killers, is “patently illegal, suffers from errors apparent”.
According to the SC verdict, undue delay by the govt in deciding mercy plea can be a ground to commute death sentence.
Decision to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case was, however, stayed by the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court has commuted the death penalty of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers to life imprisonment.
Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury termed decision “bizarre” and questioned motive behind.
Supreme Court had Tuesday commuted death sentence of three convicts in case to life term.
SC stayed release of three convicts saying there have been procedural lapses on the part of the state.
Vishwas claimed Rahul’s remark was all “drama” to divert people’s attention from core issues like corruption.
The release of the killers would be contrary to all principles of justice, said Manmohan Singh.
Jayalalithaa had told the state Assembly that the Centre had three days to respond to the decision, after which her government would exercise its power to free the convicts.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday commuted the death sentence of three convicts in the case to life term.
Besides the three who were on death row, four others are serving life sentences.