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Updated: February 19, 2014 02:23 IST

Supreme Court verdict holds out hope for Rajiv case convicts

J. Venkatesan
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(Top) The death row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case - Santhan, Murugan, and Perarivalan. Below, Perarivalan's mother and sister turn emotional during a hearing at the Madras High Court. File photos
(Top) The death row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case - Santhan, Murugan, and Perarivalan. Below, Perarivalan's mother and sister turn emotional during a hearing at the Madras High Court. File photos

“Tamil Nadu can exercise its remission powers to get them released”

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted relief to the three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case — Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan — by commuting their death sentence into life term on the grounds of inordinate delay in disposal of their mercy petitions by the President.

While commuting the death sentence of three convicts — Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan — in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case into life citing inordinate delay in disposal of their mercy petitions by the President, the Supreme Court rejected the contention of the Centre that the trio did not deserve any mercy as they never showed remorse for killing the former Prime Minister.

The three-judge Bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Shiva Kirti Singh also gave a ray of hope for their release, saying that the Tamil Nadu government could exercise its remission powers under Section 432 and 433 Cr.P.C. and following the due procedure in law.

Centre’s stand rejected

The Bench rejected the Centre’s stand that the delay caused was not at the instance of the head of the executive and was not unreasonable.

It said: “Following the rejection of [their] mercy petitions by the Tamil Nadu Governor on April 25, 2000, these petitions were forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs on May 04, 2000. After an unreasonable delay of five years and 1 month, on July 21, 2005, the Ministry of Home Affairs submitted the petitioners’ mercy petitions to the President for consideration.”

Petitions recalled

The court said there was delay even thereafter. In February 2011, the MHA recalled the mercy petitions from the President. “Here also there was a delay of five years and eight months. Ultimately, the President, on September 12, 2011, rejected these mercy petitions after a delay of more than 11 years,” the Bench said.

It said it was indisputable that the delay was “inordinate and unreasonable and not caused at the instance of the petitioners,” warranting commutation of their death sentence life imprisonment.

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I am very very happy that Perarivalan has been saved from death penalty.
One should not be condemned to death for buying batteries.
23 years alone in a prison cell is too much injustice.
Hope he gets freed soon.

from:  Vignesh M
Posted on: Feb 20, 2014 at 01:16 IST

Mr Sasanka

You write < .. people saying that in civilized country don't execute people is just
some liberal nonsense .. >

You forget that more than 140 countries in the UN have abolished the death
penalty and the number of countries retaining it is diminishing, not increasing.
Indeed, in Europe, barring Belarus, all the 47 countries - including places like
Russia - have abolished capital punishment.

Clearly, what you term as <liberal nonsense> is becoming more mainstream.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 16:49 IST

Mr J.S. Acharya

By relating this clemency decision to the execution of Afzal Guru, you point out an
important flaw in capital punishment when you write < ..verdict will definitely
anger the Muslims...Trying to please Tamilians has hurt the Kashmiris .. >

Capital punishment, even in the best governed of countries is arbitrary,
inconsistent, often racist and subject to pressure exerted by various political
forces in a country. In India, the clamour to execute Afzal Guru was highest in the
Hindutva camp with prominent politicians such as Modi baying for blood to
appease his followers. However, in the Rajiv Gandhi case, the accused were not
Muslims and the sentencing did reflect the anxiety of provoking Tamil sentiment in
Tamilnadu - a state that has had a history of demands for greater autonomy and
sympathy for the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Given this arbitrary nature of capital punishment, it is best to abolish it altogether
- as 140 other countries in the UN have done.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 16:35 IST

The apex court has not stated that the three are innocent. the reason given is the delay in dealing with the mercy petitions. Recently the Apex court has observed that any failure to get conviction in any case the investigating officials should be made accountable. In any lapse for any delay on the part of any individual whether in Govt. or in Private Sector the individual will have sleepless nights facing proceedings. In this case The Presidents them self have
failed in their duty, But it is King's Action so no body can question it

from:  periasamy
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 09:26 IST

I strongly oppose this decision by SC. By not giving them death
sentence, our Government has shown that in India it's okay to kill your
prime minister and we will give you some nice little jail time and then
will set you free.
Killing PM is an act of waging war against India. All those people
saying that in civilized country don't execute people is just some
liberal nonsense.

from:  Sasanka
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 09:09 IST

This is amorphous.They were not absolved of their conviction.Only their death sentence had
been commuted.This is also because of the intransigence of the Babus' at the Helm.What
punishment will be meted out to the person,ie.,the president of the republic,whose inordinate
delay in taking decisions regarding these mercy petitions?Now,we have to debate whether
there should be a provision for application for clemency at all.Why should the final verdict of
the Supreme Court of India should be vilified like this?People can rejoice,but that is

from:  K.Sugavanam
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 08:21 IST

what about other 14 fellows who were killed along with Rajiv Gandhi?
There life was not worth ending like that. Their life was IMPORTANT too
to their FAMILY. Showing mercy on criminals willl be like cheering
others to repeat same kind of devil deed.

from:  kallu lallu
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 07:29 IST

Hope they will be released and can enjoy life in its fullness sooner... I am especially happy for Perarivalan whose free life was unfortunately snapped midway by less fault of his...

from:  Vijayan
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 00:29 IST

Perirarivalan was almost just a kid when he allegedly bought that
battery. 23 years being on death bed is enough punishment. I feel
helpless at the many murderers here in the comment section who want to
kill a few people many times for an act that they committed years back.
Infact I am sure none of the people who want these people hanged know
anything about the case history. These are not even the masterminds. And
we call us human..

from:  Kamal
Posted on: Feb 19, 2014 at 00:15 IST

Did only Rajiv Gandhi die in that Suicide bomb blast? No several others
died and their beloved ones must be still mourning their loss. So even
as some are happy that India did not carry out the death penalty, I
think the reactions and relief must be a quiet affair.

from:  Joseph Raja
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 22:35 IST

Looks we've people with hangover of SriLankan Tamils issue. We have our country to look at and not these traitors who used our land to carry out terrorist acts. We've to be ashamed to bring in srilankan issue all the time. Take care of people in TamilNadu before you care about others. These people have done wrong by colluding with terrorists. Don't be carried over by political affiliations insane to support these cowards when they killed a prime minister. IPKF would've done their job had this terrorists kept their assurances in the wider interest of poor Srilankan tamils. Enough of this srilankan tamils issue to keep few politicans name in the news. We've done enough and what they did for us killing the former prime minister and there are clowns supporting them. Give a break

from:  Kumar
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 22:09 IST

I am surprised and shocked at few of the comments posted here. These are
people who were involved in the assassination of the prime minister of
our country and not Rajiv Gandhi as any ordinary individual. If the fact
that their death sentence had to be commuted, due to the failure of the
system, isin't sad enough, the reaction to this, some going to the
extent of even blaming the PM for his fate, is an absolute disgrace.

from:  Santhosh Krishnan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 21:58 IST

I want to ask a question to those support SC verdict on converting the
death penalty to life sentence.

Will they keep the same mind set if any of their close aids are
murdered ?

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 21:20 IST

The delay on decision about clemancy petition of a death row convicts no doubt is very unfair. Living under the shadow of death is akin to demise. While human rights monitors, ploitical parties etc. clamoring about the state of convicts, they seem to ignore the victims and the aflicted people. This state of affairs call for debate ?

from:  Radhakrishnan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 20:59 IST

It is indeed a travesty of justice that the 3 people who were convicted
of being fully involved in the conspiracy to kill a Prime Minister and
rightly awarded death sentence are given virtual clemency by Supreme
court and the court goes one step further and hints about State
government consider their release even.
What is the use of trial process in court and judgments etc if these
verdicts can be easily diluted by mere technicality like delay in
processing mercy petition.

from:  desikan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 20:50 IST

Mr J.S. Acharya

By relating this clemency decision to the execution of Afzal Guru, you point out an
important flaw in capital punishment when you write < ..verdict will definitely
anger the Muslims...Trying to please Tamilians has hurt the Kashmiris .. >

Capital punishment, even in the best governed of countries is arbitrary,
inconsistent, often racist and subject to pressure exerted by various political
forces in a country. In India, the clamour to execute Afzal Guru was highest in the
Hindutva camp with prominent politicians such as Modi baying for blood to
appease his followers. However, in the Rajiv Gandhi case, the accused were not
Muslims and the sentencing did reflect the anxiety of further provoking Tamil
sentiment in Tamilnadu - a state that has had a history of demands for greater
autonomy and sympathy for the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Given this arbitrary nature of capital punishment, it is best to abolish it altogether
- like the 140 other nations in the UN.

from:  V.Suresh
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 20:03 IST

Welcome to the country of rapists, murderers, looters and exploiters.
We are truly a free country and nobody need to fear about committing
crime; only thing is you need to have the right political connection,
have tons of money, belong to the right caste, religion or group or simply a big enough terrorist or rowdy. Otherwise, if you are an ordinary citizen, you can lanquish in jail for your whole life time,
even without involvement in any crime since neither the judiciary nor the so called interest groups or NGOs will bother about you. Great India!! This is the latest development in our perverted justice system.

from:  Kumar Krishna
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 19:58 IST

While the commutation of the death sentence of the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi to life imprisonment citing the inordinate delay in disposing of their mercy petitions by the Apex Court, is definitely a slap on the face of the Executive, what about the delay in the delivery of justice by the Courts itself? For, history is replete with instances where not a single case has been closed within a shortest possible time. Though the verdict has been hailed by the political parties and many leaders have sought the release of the killers using the powers vested with the State, had the authorities taken the case to its logical conclusion then and there, the killers would have faced the gallows a very long time ago and no tears would have been shed by anyone. Like the iron must be hit while it is hot, no one would have questioned even the execution of the assassins had it been done close on the heels of the main verdict.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 19:31 IST

If President of the country sleeps than even the brutal murders will escape death penalty. What a cruel joke of Law. The cheif justice of India who is to retire in a few months had no business tocommute the death penalty. What a creul way Rajiv was killed and many others with him. Here the murderers are aloowd tolive their life in jail at the cost og Tax payers money.

from:  ashok
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 19:27 IST

After a proper judicial enquiry (including review petitions and related processes), If a person is convicted and sentenced to death for his involvement in a very serious crime, then, the judicial verdict should be executed within a time limit. Meanwhile, if the convict prefers to file a mercy petition, let him proceed as per the process. Decide on the mercy petition in a time bound manner and act accordingly.

Delaying the decision on mercy petitions for a long time is not a good judicial process (in any way).

SC has set a very good example. This verdict will definitely improve the judicial system of India by setting a time limit to the judicial processes (wherever feasible).

from:  Janakiraman
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 19:09 IST

Finally peace prevailed after 23 years. Perarivalan's tireless effort in
getting life from death rescued all the three persons who suffered in
solitary confinement. Perarivalan's mother Mrs Arputhammal's strong
determination also played vital role in rescuing her beloved son from
the gallows. A commendable verdict! Capital punishment has to be
eradicated. A highly civilized society will not accept capital

from:  John Shelton
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 18:55 IST

Justice delayed is justice denied is old adage. Execution delayed is
execution defied is probably new adage. Prolonging the execution for
more than 21 years is mockery of justice for the simple reason that
after more than 2 decades of prison life the convict is not the same
criminal 21 years ago. He has already lived through his death sentence
every day for more than 21 years. Had not BJP constantly needled UPA2,
probably Afzal Guru would have been the beneficiary of this new judicial

from:  Syed
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 18:16 IST

Heading of your esteemed newspaper is incorrect since these three are
not Rajiv killers.

from:  B.ARASU
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 17:48 IST

They were already dead because of the mental agony for the past 23 years. Atleast the commutation would acts as a meaning for their remaining soul in them. Now they should not be held in jails further, instead released as they completed more than the life terms..
I hope they won't affect the society as they become merit students in few educational courses and could lead a peaceful life.

from:  Pradeep
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 17:06 IST

Apart from judicial delays, there can't be a greater mental agony than
for a convict than waiting for years on the death row. More so when
their mercy petitions rest with the President for a prolonged period
of time. Seen in this background, the apex court, citing inordinate
delays, commuting the death sentence of three convicts in the Rajiv
Gandhi assassination case to life term is indeed landmark. The
reasoning that all of them have spent 23 years in jail and the
rationale of long delay on the part of first citizen of India to
decide on their fate brought relieef to those who waited an many years
just to hear this.

from:  R. Prabhu Raj
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 16:46 IST

Let us be frank.Had it not been a Tamil Chief SC,this relief wouldn't 've been even dreamt of.This is how practically "unity in diversity" in india works.This judgement has put Dr.swamy in an embarassing position.

from:  ramachandrasekaran
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 16:39 IST

They are not killers. They were involved in the plot without knowing the fact.

Ironically Rajiv is responsible for the death of thousands in Delhi riot and IPKF mediated killing of Tamils at Lanka.

from:  Swamy
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 16:33 IST

This verdict will definitely anger the Muslims.Reacting to the
Supreme Court's verdict on the assassins of former Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi, Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party President
Mehbooba Mufti now says that such a decision [of commuting] will make
the people of Kashmir realize that laws were completely different for
Kashmir and for the country.
Membooba says "Today Rajiv Gandhi's assassins, who was no less a
symbol of Indian nationhood than the parliament in itself, which was
also attacked, are not being treated in the same way. The hearing has
come today which is a good thing, but I wish that they had given a
similar decision in other cases such as that of Afzal guru. By this
decision they have promoted a feeling of alienation in the state and
it is not only me who is saying this, but the other political leaders
would say the same," .Even farooq Abdulla too joins the chorus.
Trying to please Tamilians has hurt the Kashmiris

from:  J.S.Acharya
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 16:30 IST

A very justified move by SC.

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 16:00 IST

I can see these three becoming the future PM or CM.

from:  Vijayakanth P
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:59 IST

The judgement is bound to start a debate on whether a clemency petition can be kept under consideration for inordinate time.Even death row convicts have human rights and no civilized country can deprave them of that.Keeping someone wondering if he is going to live or die and for decades inflicts a huge amount of mental pain.These death petitions are usually kept in limbo so political mileage can be leveraged at appropriate time.This decision will be step in direction to break this practice and expedite justice.

from:  gautam
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:48 IST

It is indeed a travesty of justice that the Supreme Court has delivered this judgment. The court has mocked at the victims (not just Rajiv) but their families too. More appalling is the court's near recommendation that the State Govt should release them under state's powers. Equally regrettable is the inordinate delay on the part of authorities to decide on the mercy petition. It is difficult to understand how bureaucrats can decide over a matter where the court has given their verdict. The law should be changed so that mercy petitions are decided by the President on the advice of a council of eminent persons. Now with this judgment, the only thing condemned prisoners have to do is to ensure that the concerned Ministry sits over the petition for a long time. Then our great judiciary can cite this judgment and commute their sentence.

from:  H.Ganga
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:43 IST

Lakhs of people were killed in Lanka for the vengeance of murder of one person. Three innocents (not knowing that Rajiv is going to be killed) were about to be punished. The truth saved their life at last.

from:  Sakthi
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:43 IST

commuting death sentence yes but freedom from jail NO.
they should be allowed to lead a civil life inside the prison without a prisoner tag.
otherwise, we will be mocking at the justice.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:42 IST

"They" captured the suspects. "They" did all the investigations and
finally convicted them and called them murderers. Then some of "them"
even said the convicts were "in fact" innocent and should be at once
freed. Nevertheless, "they" sentenced them to death. Then "they"
delayed decisions on the mercy pleas. Now finally "they" say that
"they" can not execute the convicts because it has been too late.
Wonderful! These proceedings should perhaps go to the text books. Let
us at least be happy that the apex court did not after all conclude
that the assassination had never happened and that it was just a hoax!

from:  Narasimhamoorthy
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:41 IST

The delay in deciding the mercy petition is only to give the prisoners more time to live.Sometimes even
after the mercy petition is rejected the execution is not carried out.This may be an odd way to give the
prisoners the reprive.Now President will decide faster and the execution may take place quickly.To
commute death sentence to life term on this technical point is not correct.Now demands will be made
for the release of these persons and they may be released due to votebank politics.

from:  Dr.R.P.Rajan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:39 IST

The present SC judgment may breed corruption. The judgment also underlines the fact that even the Justice System is not fool-proof and is ill-placed at times even to treat the similar convicts in the similar manner. I feel the provision of mercy petition should be totally done away with and the final judgment handed out by the SC should prevail.

from:  Murtuza
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:34 IST

no doubt the death of late rajiv gandhi is a irrepariable loss. But the convicts should not have been detained so long in the prison and executed. Had execution taken place within three years of the death of rajiv gandhi it is justifiable. Now the verdict given by supreme court is very correct. The argument by govt of india that the convicts were enjoying life in the jail is the biggest joke

from:  kumar
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:19 IST

Really unfortunate that the killers are going scot free.But who is to be blamed for the inordinate delay in the disposition of the mercy petition? It is only the great Congress. The way and the time Supreme court is forced to commute the death sentence it is feared that there is a hidden hand.By this jesture the Congress will get a few thosands of votes in Tamil Nadu

from:  H.R.S.Mani
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:13 IST

Its a black day for India not because the three have been left but because such elements are encouraged . If such things happen just to gather few votes , then tomorrow there may be a verdict to release Yasin Bhatkal , Case may be dropped against Dawood Abrahim . Feel ashamed when some people welcome them .

from:  ramu
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:09 IST

Verdict is laudable and need to be followed. We should understand the plight of those who apply for mercy petition and remain uninformed for years. There's about 477 death row verdicts while about 10 were executed in last decade, for next '467' "Please bear with us till the next execution takes place"!!!

from:  Deepak Kumar
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:09 IST

It is indeed a black spot in the judgement offered by Supreme court regardless the fact they are the murderers and deserves no life . SC should have to take death decisions in this type of heinous act so that the next will have a drop of fear before committing such crime.

from:  Ashutosh Patel
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 15:07 IST

Instead of criticizing or praising the Supreme court judgement we should
contemplate the reasons for the inordinate delay taken by the executive
in deciding the mercy petition. While the constitution empowers the
President/Governor with Pardoning power , there is no guidelines as how
to exercise that power. It is right time to formulate a comprehensive
guideline and to fix a time frame for exercising the pardoning power of
the President/Governor.

from:  Vasavi
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:53 IST

is this timed politically to cash the votebanks of the tamils..
when priyanka can stage a drama of meeting nalini TO FORGIVE HER and meantime aid lankan can clearly see the timing of the judgement and the fabric woven by the cong

from:  hemapriya
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:37 IST

This is indeed a black day for India and its justice system. With our government commuting the death sentence previously awarded to the terrorists who plotted the death of Rajiv Gandhi we are setting up a dangerous precedence which would encourage other anti-national elements and terrorists to commit more heinous crimes against the citizens of this country. Is this move meant to condone the activities of the LTTE or is it aimed at trying to garner a few votes from Tamilnadu for the UPA, one is tempted to ask. However, no self respecting Indian can forget the way our sentiments were betrayed by the Lankan Tamils when the assassinated Rajiv Gandhi and killed two thousand army personnel in the 1980's.

from:  Venkatsubramani
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:33 IST

When so many political criminals lead a life without any compunction and
are not affected by any laws of the land, why should not the Rajiv
killers be pardoned?. Laudable verdict! The apex court in fact has set
a precedent which it needs to follow for a long period. It is not easy

from:  S.Ramakrishnasayee
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:31 IST

The headline is somewhat misleading. It was assassination of not just
Rajiv Ganhdhi but also of several innocent bystanders (all of the
'Tamils'). It is not as if only the life of Rajiv Gandhi was important
and precious. The killers and their sponsors have never regretted the
death of all these innocent bystanders.

from:  kvjayan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:31 IST

A bad judgement. Any killer can get away because of the 'delay' in
disposing the mercy petition.
Justice has not been served.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:25 IST

@ Article 21 protects on arraignment as per readings. However (if
needed, for reclusive for prolonged delay) as its is evolving

from:  Krunan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:20 IST

The supreme court has commuted the death sentence on the ground of delay in deciding on the mercy petition. Then what is the accountability of the president who was putting the decision in cold storage.The court ought to have stated what is the period before which the decision will have to be taken. The terrorists are happy.

from:  s.parthasarathy
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:19 IST

UPA Government is to be blamed for letting the accuser's plea hanging for such long time that lead to such decision by SC. SC while considering human angle should also consider the nation angle.Death of Rajiv Gandhi was not just the death of one person but death of leader
who had to pay price for national foreign policy. It was not only an attack on ex-PM but an attack on Indian sovereignty. Such commutation would lead to down the moral of investigative agency. SC should reconsider the ground of delay on which it had commuted the death sentence . Also Government has to come up with policy that should stop delay in deciding the plea before president . It is shame for all Congress whose 10 year rule in center could not fetch justice for their beloved leader Rajiv Gandhi ..

from:  pawan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:12 IST

This sends a wrong signal to would be terrorists. These terrorists killed the Indian Prime Minister in cold blood. It was an attack on the whole of India in that sense. How can other terrorists like Afzal Guru be put to death but these LTTE terrorists pardoned? If these convicted terrorists have been "languishing" in jail for 11 years, so what?

It is quite another matter if death penalty should be abolished altogether.

from:  rkm
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 14:06 IST

along with Rajiv, some 15 innocent people lost their lives. Who is
going to do justice for them? Will Chief Justice Sadasivan ansswer?

from:  n mohan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:55 IST

The SC has adopted some reforms in upholding the constitution of
India. It proved that Article 21 is common for all citizens as per
the spirit of our constitution. It is unethic to think that a murderer
should be murdered in the name of Capital punishment. An open battle
in war field could not be equated with a criminal act of murder. The
principle of criminal jurisprudence is that an innocent should not be
wrongly punished. The story of Kovalan and Kannagi teaches a lesson
this . A wrong judgement could not be avoided in our law.The system to
prove a murder should have so many layers and any media influence and
political influence will definetly kill so many innocents. A JUDGE IN
ORDINARY CITIZEN. The present judgement proved this. A review should
not be allowed to the media.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:53 IST

The Tamilnadu Government should show its efficiency by releasing all the detainees without any delay. Justice delayed is justice denied. Lets celebrate life.

from:  RA Jumes
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:46 IST

commutation is not important. Have these people expressed remorse for snuffing out a life in
most brutal manner. If they have then it is ok .if not then very poor judgement

from:  K RAMANI
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:23 IST

Welcome the decision, But Innocent Afzal Guru lift hurried. What are
Justification of decision.

from:  Ahamed Munaskhan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:21 IST

Thank God and Supreme Court too.

from:  vkguptan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:10 IST

Fine these fellows have suffered a lot in Jail that too solitary confinement. What about the attrocities done by SriLankans in the war and post war, what about the support given to Lankan army by our UPA and DMK? What punishment for that genocide?

from:  Honga Singh
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:08 IST

I am very very happy with this judgment and the Tamils too.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 13:02 IST

This is a poor judgment by the court. If criminals are to go unchecked by not giving them capital punishment, then it will assume dangerous proportions in the future.

from:  thangamani
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:54 IST

These 3 persons have already suffered more than the life imprisonment
and even death sentence.

Let us show that we care for everyone's life and help them to lead a
normal life. If the Government is still suspicious, it can keep these 3
persons under monitoring till the time it gets convinced otherwise.

from:  Lakshmanan B
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:51 IST

Could not help getting emotional when I understand how profound is the impact of this judgement. My wishes to the three convicted and their families.

from:  Arun R
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:50 IST

Mr.VAIKO you got to meet the leaders (Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) who
actually have the right to pardon not even lords, who had beliefs in the
justice !!!

from:  Karunan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:43 IST

Congress is a big party. It has seen a lots of ups and downs. Rajiv Gandhi became PM after the death of Indira Gandhi. He died a tragic death. But his daughter went to meet Nalini, who was part of the suicide bomber gang, in jail, and forgave her. It is the large heartedness of the Gandhi family. Now SC has reduced the culprits capital punishment to life sentence.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:43 IST

it is natural justice .

from:  Gauravnyadav
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:41 IST

This is the one of the most incompetent of this present government. In one way they had lost their great leader Rajeev Gandhi along with innocent lives and other side also they were failed to get proper justice for their own leader and innocents those who were lost their lives in this episode.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:40 IST

It is travesty of justice.

from:  J.V.
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:33 IST

What about the families of the victims, who waited for decade(s) to see the culprits are hanged? for no fault of theirs Justice is denied to them, whose near and dear one's were barbarically , brutally murdered / assassinated by these culprits, who will give justice to the victim family O my Lord !!!, is this the justice given to them by the highest judicial authority of this hopeless country??? Its a shameful judgement one can imagine from the victim(s) family view point. We disagree with this judgement. Shame on the part of politicians who rule this country without taking decision for such heinous crime the humanity has seen. O God if there is rebirth let me not birth in this country where there is lawlessness in the functioning of the govt. and judiciary.

from:  shiva
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:27 IST

Good judgement....thank god..

from:  Arun
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:27 IST

Indeed a remarkable reestablishment of natural right of an individual been affirmed by the Supreme court of India,The most welcome judgement because the accused were sentenced for death for killing the PM.
Law does not recognize the ranking of a personality but certainly the injury has been reaffirmed.
The inordinate delay in disposing the mercy petition by the executive within reasonable time is a clear violation is corrected and appropriate message has also been delivered to politicization of executive power of the State.

from:  Khandadhi Balakrishna
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:17 IST

This is a victory of Judaical history - happy with judgement as human
because delaying its hard compare then hanging

from:  Raja
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 12:04 IST

Commendable Verdict by SC. Further its pointed that the Honorable
presidents' reluctance towards their duties (Taking decision as soon as
possible regarding mercy pleas) enshrined by Constitution of India.

I hope India will soon smash the archaic culture of hanging a person
because of incapability of our society to correct or deter those
heinous crimes without Hanging. Hanging neither corrects the convict
not deter future heinous crimes.

Finally to "Hang the Hanging" goes to "No-Hanging"

from:  Sreenivasa Paidala
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:59 IST

I do not understand law but i do not understand what happens to
relatives of Dead . They continue to suffer. Just because Govt.
machinery is lazy can not be a ground for changing Death penalty to Life
imprisonment. What is punishment for Govt machinery should be also spelt
out in law.

from:  mukund
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:58 IST

"SC commutes Rajiv killers' death sentence" - While Supreme Court has
acknowledged that none of these people have any knowledge of the plot,
"THE HINDU" has the audacity to term them as Rajeev's Killers!

from:  Raja
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:54 IST

The decision by the eminent Honourable Judge Mr.Sathasivam is indeed justice for equally of all including the aggrieved.Such a long time to not take a decision and also the inefficient legal 'Brithish-Indian" system they adopted and followed is indeed a surprise and good decision by the world watchers and Indians at Heart.The youg have shown remosed and its stupidity after following a defying leader from the Island state , in the process these people langauishing in prison and lost their future.May peaceful intentions prevail for all , and forgiveness too.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:53 IST

They are innocent release them immediately and find the true killer and
core conspirators.

from:  Vendhan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:52 IST

A Welcome decision by SC. This will be a landmark verdict!!! Justice Sadhasivam has proved that he is an impartial man!!!

from:  Gopal T
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:50 IST

immature Raajeev lost life due to his naivety and lack of necessary
political wisdom . He sought to defeat the political goal of free
sovereign Thamizh Eezham which was voted by an overwhelming strength
of Eezhamite Tamils in the 1977 parliamemntary elections. So much has
happened since then. Reduction in the sentence of hanging of the
three assassins of the Raajeev is a great event on humanitarian
ground. It is even more significant to read that the Apex Court has
even recommended total release of the three by the Tamil naadu
government. Nothing would be amiss if the three gets release too

from:  P.Padmanabhan
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:38 IST

I am very happy at this news. Especially Perarivaalan escaping the
gallows gives as much pleasure to me as it would have given to his
mother. Justice lives.

from:  D. Darwin Albert Raj
Posted on: Feb 18, 2014 at 11:34 IST
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