Lamenting the long years served in jail, Pious added that without the hope of release, the jail sentence has become an endless, hapless journey. But does Pious’ emotional appeal hold a legal validity in a country where mercy killing is still illegal?
The convict, who was 20 when he was arrested in 1991, said that he completed 26 years in prison on June 11 and the Centre and the state governments want him to die there.
The bench said a major hurdle in transfer of the benefits to the genuine needy is the lack of means to correctly identify such persons.
This comes three days after the bust was found damaged and a day after a Congress delegation met Governor Ram Naik, demanding that the culprits be arrested
The leaders demanded that apart from replacing the damaged statue, the park it is located in should be revived.
Babbar, who led a ‘dharna’ near the vandalised statue, gave the state government a 24-hour ultimatum to arrest the culprits, else the agitation would be intensified. He was accompanied by Pramod Tiwari, Rajesh Mishra and Rajesh Pati Tripathi.
Protesters led by Chandrakant Dubey and Yogendra Mishra, shouted slogans and burnt the PM’s effigy. They later submitted a memorandum addressed to Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik through the sub-divisional magistrate of Gauriganj alleging breakdown of law and order in the state.
The Comgress announced statewide protest after a statue of late Rajiv Gandhi was found damaged.
His shadow loomed over Rao’s reign, was linked to Iran arms running scandal and Rajiv assassination
The Enforcement Directorate was still investigating the case against Chandraswami for his alleged involvement as a financier in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.
A bench of the Madras High Court refused to entertain Murugan’s petition and adjourned it till the end of summer vacation of the court.
The Supreme Court had commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan in February 2014 following delay in deciding on their mercy plea.
The plaques read: “Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, in a self-styled dictatorial manner, ordered the Operation Blue Star
, “Since the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court, we will inform the State government regarding the observations made by the Law Ministry,” said a senior government official.
Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.