Karuna takes on Jaya over Rajiv killers’ petition
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 21:53
Chennai: Coming down heavily on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for her government's stand in the Madras High Court seeking dismissal of petitions of three Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts for commutation of capital punishment, DMK leader M Karunanidhi on Saturday said her "true colour" (on the issue) has come out now.

"Cat is out of the bag. If she has any real intention of saving the three (Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan), she should have convened the state cabinet to pass a resolution to recommend to the Centre requesting pardon for them, he said in a statement here.

Tamil Nadu Home Secretary Rameshram Mishra in an affidavit filed on behalf of the state called for dismissal of the mercy pleas in the Madras High Court yesterday.

Karunanidhi said even the senior counsel in the Supreme Court Colin Gonsalves had said the Chief Minister had powers to reduce the capital punishment to life by taking a cabinet decision.

"Instead of doing it, Jayalalithaa has sought the dismissal of the writ petitions by the three. By this her true colours has come out. Those, who are singing the praise of her will realise it now", he said.

He said Jayalalithaa inadvertently had accepted that the DMK government was instrumental in reducing the death sentence of Nalini in the case to life, when she told the assembly that mercy plea of the three had been rejected by his government at the cabinet meeting on April 19,2000, accepting Nalini's plea.

His government then had sent the mercy pleas to the Centre and that was why their death sentences were not executed.

After a delay of 11 years, the President had rejected the pleas, which was cited as one of the reasons in the recent petitions, he said.

He said during his tenure as Chief Minister, the state cabinet took decisions commuting the death sentences, saving the lives of four people.

"At least now, without any further delay, Jayalalithaa should use her powers and save the lives of the three. If she continued to be adamant and delay it further, it will only cause set backs", he said.


First Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011, 21:53

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