Supreme Court Suspends Rajiv Killers' Release
By IANS | Published: 20th February 2014 12:59 PM |
The Supreme Court Thursday ordered status quo and suspended the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said it will examine the procedural lapse in the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to grant remission and release within three days the seven convicts in the case.
The court order came as Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran told the court that permission to free the convicts could not be granted without the approval of the Central Government whose investigating agency probed the matter leading to the convictions.
Noting the pace at which the events took place, the chief justice said the judgment was delivered Tuesday morning and the order was available at 5 PM the same day, and decision to grant remission was taken Wednesday morning.
The Tamil Nadu Government while opposing the plea by the centre said the order of status quo will be premature and no final decision has been taken on the grant of remission to the seven convicts. The recommendation of the state government was before the centre, the Tamil Nadu Government said.
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Holding that the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi was an attack on India's soul, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, the release of the seven convicts would be "contrary to all principles of justice" and the Tamil Nadu government has been told not to proceed with it as it is "not legally tenable". Read More
Timeline of Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case:
The Rajiv Gandhi assassination case has witnessed several twists and turns during the past 23 years.
Though all the 26 accused were awarded death penalty by a TADA [Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act] court in Chennai in 1998, the Supreme Court confirmed capital punishment only in the case of Murugan, Santhan (both Sri Lankan Tamils), A G Perarivalan and Nalini, wife of Murugan.
Nalini escaped the noose following a Tamil Nadu Cabinet decision and the Governor's assent to it in 2000. The clemency petitions of the other three were rejected by the President.