DMDK wants pardon for Rajiv's killers

Chennai: After the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister expressed her inability to intervene in the execution of Rajiv Gandhi's killers, AIADMK ally DMDK on Monday said the Centre should cancel the death sentence awarded to them.

"Since, Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan have already spent 20 years in jail, the central government should reconsider their clemency petitions and save their lives," DMDK president Vijaykant said in a statement.

The three convicts -- Murugan, Perarivalan and Santhan -- are set to be hanged on September 9 after the President rejected their clemency petitions.

He also said many countries had already abolished capital punishment and the same demand has risen among Indians. Hence the Central government should cancel the execution of the three convicts, he said.

Meanwhile, PMK founder S Ramadoss criticised Jayalalithaa's statement in the Assembly saying, "if she has the will, the lives of three persons can be saved."

"While the whole state was waiting for the Chief Minister to save the three persons, Jayalalithaa has stepped aside from her responsibility saying she can't intervene in the President's decision," Ramadoss said in a statement.