Centre opposes commutation of death sentence for Rajiv Gandhi killers in SC

The government opposed the commutation saying the killers enjoyed and had a meaningful life while plea was pending.

New Delhi | Updated: February 4, 2014 2:12 pm
The Centre told the apex court that the convicts did not go through torture, agony and dehumanising experience during pendency of mercy pleas. The Centre told the apex court that the convicts did not go through torture, agony and dehumanising experience during pendency of mercy pleas.

The Central government has opposed the commutation of death sentence for three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, saying the killers enjoyed and had a meaningful life while mercy plea was pending.

The Centre told the apex court that the convicts did not go through torture, agony and dehumanising experience during pendency of mercy pleas.

It also asserted that the though there has been delay in deciding the mercy plea, but “the delay is not unreasonable, unexplainable and unconscionable to commute death sentence”.

The government said that it was not a fit case for commuting death sentence, following which the Supreme Court reserved order on the plea of the death convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief justice P Sathasivam reserved the order after hearing the arguments of counsel appearing for three convicts — Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, and Attorney General G E Vahanvati who represented the central government.

The counsel, appearing for the convicts, opposed the arguments of Vahanvati, saying that they have suffered due to the delay by the government in deciding the mercy petitions and the apex court should intervene and commute their death sentence to life term.

The convicts, in their petition, submitted that mercy plea of other condemned prisoners, which were filed after them, were decided but their petitions were kept pending by the government.

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    Ankit raj
    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:53 am
    The attorney general plea is right that neither in their mercy peions nor in their peions before the courts convicts have ever expressed remorse for the horrific crime.,
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    Ankit raj
    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:32 am
    The government rightly urged Supreme court to reject the plea by three Rajiv hi ins seeking commutation of their death sentence to life..,
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    iammohan
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:35 am
    The genocidal congress govt. who sold india to foreign criminals were the one need tobe hanged! subramanyan swami was a national threat! he must be investigated immediately. genocidal congress trying to hang innocents & trying to hide their invilvements..
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    iammohan
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:35 am
    The genocidal congress govt. who sold india to foreign criminals were the one need tobe hanged! subramanyan swami was a national threat! he must be investigated immediately. genocidal congress trying to hang innocents & trying to hide their invilvements..
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    iammohan
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:34 am
    genocidal congress government politicians behind this asination. the case was mysterious still. subramanyan swamy, corrupt RAW officials & genocidal congress corrupt traitors behind this asination. stop killing innocent tamils s..
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    iammohan
    Feb 5, 2014 at 6:34 am
    genocidal congress government politicians behind this asination. the case was mysterious still. subramanyan swamy, corrupt RAW officials & genocidal congress corrupt traitors behind this asination. stop killing innocent tamils s..
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    vipin gurjar
    Feb 4, 2014 at 10:07 am
    Rajiv hi ins seeking commutation of their death sentence to life.
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    vipin gurjar
    Feb 4, 2014 at 9:35 am
    Rajiv hi killer suffered no agony or dehumanisation during 11 years when their mercy peion was pending with the President
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