Rajiv case: CPI welcomes TN assembly resolution

The CPI demanded that Centre take note of the TN assembly`s resolution to reconsider mercy petitions of 3 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts.

New Delhi: The CPI on Tuesday demanded that the
Centre take note of the Tamil Nadu assembly`s resolution to
reconsider the mercy petitions of three Rajiv Gandhi
assassination case convicts and seek clemency for them from
the President.

Welcoming the assembly resolution and the Madras High
Court`s eight week stay on their execution fixed for September
9, party National Secretary D Raja said the central government
should take the resolution "with all seriousness".

He said the UPA government should "go back to the
President and seek clemency" for the three convicts.
In the resolution, the Tamil Nadu Assembly appealed to
President Pratibha Patil to reconsider their mercy pleas.

Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan, lodged in Vellore Jail,
were convicted and sentenced to death in the case relating to
the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi during an election rally at
Sriperumpudur on May 21, 1991 by an LTTE suicide bomber.


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