August 31st, 2011
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Rajiv assassination: Centre must explain

New Delhi: The centre is to explain the cause for undue delay in disposing off the mercy petition of the three convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The Madras High Court had yesterday, demanded an explanation from the centre.

The Madras High Court ordered an interim stay on the death sentence of  Perarivalan, Santhan and Murugan for eight weeks. The petitioners’ main contention was that the delay in disposal of the mercy petitions by 11 years and four months made the execution of the death sentence “unduly harsh and excessive,” amounting to violation of their right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. The sentence of death after 20 years of incarceration was “unjust and inhuman.”

Senior advocates Ram Jethmalani, R. Vaigai and Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the prisoners,  had argued that the long delay rendered the death penalty illegal and unconstitutional.



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