Expressing happiness at the Supreme Court`s decision to commute the death sentence of the three assassins of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, DMK president M Karunanidhi urged the central and state governments to release them from jail.
The fate of three death row convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case will be sealed on Monday when the Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on their plea for commutation of their sentence to life imprisonment on ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea.
The Central government on Tuesday opposed in the Supreme Court a plea by the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case seeking to commute the death penalty to life sentence due to delay in deciding their mercy plea.
The central government will challenge the Supreme Court`s recent ruling in which it said that inexplicable, inordinate delays in deciding mercy pleas of death row convicts can be sufficient grounds for commutation of death sentence to life.
Amidst growing demand from various quarters seeking pardon for actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case by Supreme Court, eminent producer-director Mahesh Bhatt today said the matter is closed now as Dutt did not seek mercy.
Actor Sanjay Dutt deserves to be pardoned after the Supreme Court sentenced him to five years` imprisonment and his mercy petition ought to be considered positively, spokesman D P Tripathi said here on Monday.
Files pertaining to mercy pleas of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru and six others will be looked into after the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Sunday.
The CIC has directed the Home Ministry to make public file notings and material related to the mercy plea of death convicts, including Afzal Guru, on the basis of which it tenders advise to the President.