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CM Kept Her Word, Says Arputhammal

Thanking Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for her decision to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi  assassination case, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal said, “No other leader would have taken such a bold decision.

Published: 20th February 2014 09:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th February 2014 09:03 AM   |  A+A-

Thanking Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for her decision to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi  assassination case, Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal said, “No other leader would have taken such a bold decision. I will be  ever grateful to her for this gesture.” Hours after Jayalalithaa announced the decision in the Assembly, Arputhammal met  the Chief Minister at the Secretariat.“Don’t cry... your son will be returning home very soon,” Jayalalithaa told the  emotional mother.

The Chief Minister also received accolades from several other quarters for the swift  decision. Many people praised the “bold” decision on social networking sites too. In the Assembly, leaders of DMDK, CPM,  CPI, Puthiya Thamizhagam, RPI, AISMK and Kongu Ilaignar Peravai welcomed the decision, while  Congress, which has been isolated on the issue, staged a walk-out. Congress legislator N R Rangarajan, later told  mediapersons that the “TN Cabinet’s decision would set a wrong precedent”.

Recalling the resolution moved by her in the Assembly on August 30, 2011, urging the President to reconsider the clemency plea of the death-row trio and commute their death sentence to life, respecting the sentiments of the people of  Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa said the Centre had put the resolution on the backburner for  the past two-and-a-half years. 

Knowing fully well that DMK chief Karunanidhi and the Central government supported by the DMK would not take a decision,  the three convicts had moved the Madras HC seeking to commute their death sentences considering their 23  years of imprisonment and a delay of 11 years in deciding their mercy plea. Later, these cases were transferred to the  SC where the Attorney General argued against commuting the death sentence, she pointed out.

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