Chennai: DMK Chief M Karunanidhi on Thursday
appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson
Sonia Gandhi to make attempts to save the three death row
convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
In a statement, the former Tamil Nadu chief minister said
the three convicts -- Perarivalan, Santhan and Murugan -- had
been languishing in prison for more than 20 years after being
awarded capital punishment.
"Despite pleas by many to the Tamil Nadu government to
pass a Cabinet resolution to recommend to the Governor to
commute their sentences, no steps have been taken. At least
the Centre should do so. I urge the Prime Minister and UPA
chairperson to do the needful," he said.
On September 9, the Madras High Court had stayed the
execution of the accused for eight weeks.
Karunanidhi has been demanding that the three should be
set free as they have undergone imprisonment for more than