Police awaiting official word on execution
Chennai: With President Pratibha Patil
rejecting the clemency petitions of three of Rajiv Gandhi's
killers, police are awaiting the Tamil Nadu Governor's order
for their execution, a top official said.
"We are waiting for the order from the governor...that is
the procedure. Once we receive the order, we will prepare for
the execution. It will be carried out in Vellore," Assistant
DGP (Prisons) S K Dogra said.
Usually, it will be on the seventh day after receiving
the order but it should not be on a Sunday, Dogra said.
The Supreme Court had sentenced members of the banned
LTTE -- Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan and Nalini to death --
in 1999 for the assassination of the former prime minister in
Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.
The apex court had confirmed the death sentence of
Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan while commuting Nalini's
sentence to life imprisonment.
The clemency petitions of all three accused were turned
down by the President recently.
"We are going to appeal again in the court," the trio's
advocate Pugazhendhi said. However, he did not elaborate on
what grounds they were going to appeal.
Meanwhile, MDMK chief Vaiko, who visited the three
prisoners in Vellore today, said Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
should take it up with the Centre to save them, since they
were "not involved in what had happened in Sriperumbudur".