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Dharmapuri bus burning convicts set free

Painful memories:The bus, set ablaze on February 2, 2000, lying on the TNAU campus in Coimbatore.S. Siva SaravananThe Hindu  

Three AIADMK men, serving life sentences for setting ablaze a bus in Dharmapuri resulting in the death of three girls of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), were granted remission and set free from the Vellore Central Prison on Monday.

Jayalalithaa case verdict

Nedunchezhian, Ravindran and Muniappan had resorted to violence after a Special Court in Chennai sentenced former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to one-year imprisonment in the Kodaikanal Pleasant Stay Hotel case on February 2, 2000.

Governor Banwarilal Purohit cleared the AIADMK government’s recommendation to release them prematurely. The Governor had earlier returned the file seeking remission of their life sentence for reconsideration by the government. However, the State sent back the file sticking to its stand, following which Mr. Purohit accepted the recommendation to release them.

Home Dept. issues GO

Inspector-General of Prisons R. Kanagaraj ordered their release on Monday, citing a Government Order issued by the Home Department on Sunday.

The convicts were originally awarded the death penalty by the trial court which was later upheld by the Supreme Court, but on a review petition their sentence was commuted to life imprisonment two years ago.