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No Death Sentence to Rajiv Gandhi Killers: SC Reiterates

The Supreme Court today refused to review its verdict commuting death sentence of three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment and dismissed Centre's review petition.

"We have carefully gone through the review petition and the connected papers. We find no merit in the review petition and the same is accordingly dismissed," a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and justices Ranjan Gogoi and S K Singh said.

Centre had contended in its petition that the three-judge bench did not consider the merits of the case and also ventured into the domain of government by commuting the death sentence in the case.

It had further contended the February 18 judgement was passed without jurisdiction by the three-judge bench instead of by a larger bench of five judges as the case involved substantial interpretation of law and provisions of the constitution.

"It is respectfully submitted that the impugned judgement is patently illegal, suffers from errors apparent on the face of the record and flies in the face of well-established principles of law laid down by this Court and contained in the constitution and other statutes," the petition had said.

"It is submitted that in the present case, the issue raised was that of the commutation of the death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of delay, which allegedly attracted Article 21 in favour of the convicts. Therefore, it involved a substantial issue of interpretation of the constitution and ought to have been heard by a bench of five judges, as mandated by the Constitution," the petition had said.

The apex court had on February 18 commuted the death sentence of Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan to imprisonment for life on the ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea by the Centre.

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2/D-36
Apr 02, 2014
08:09 AM

It is 23 years since RG was assasinated. Farr too much media space is wasted on his killers. It is rather important that we relook at the policies of RG and see the kind of damage it created everywhere.

People talk about RG and the Sikh riots of 1984.. But what about the RG's decision to send Indian armed forces to sri lanka to fight a war with people of Indian origin (mostly hindus and tamils, that is the eelam tamils)? Why was the blood of men in Indian uniform wasted to help a race, a social group (sinhalese) which long back cut all its ties with india? What was the purpose acheived by wasting our taxpayer money on the war in Sri Lanka?

RG may have been killed but his death was milked by his family by returning to power in 1991 . Both RG and his mommy died tragically but the family only gained from the deaths. But the nation is always a loser by the murderous war monger mommy and his moronical sonny  boy, their actions have damaged so many Indians and also a neighbouring nation's people whose ties with India/TamilNadu are historical.

Ramki_Uncensored, Delhi
1/D-14
Apr 02, 2014
01:30 AM

Whereas if Rajiv Gandhi had been raped before being killed, the killers would be hanged! As we all know, these people were not interested in raping Rajiv, but in creating instability in the country!

What a gender-biased system of justice

Misogynist, Chennai
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