The Supreme Court on Wednesday commenced the crucial hearing to examine the power of the Union and states to grant remission for releasing convicts whose death sentences are commuted to life term with the Centre asserting that the rights of the victims cannot be overlooked.
The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred hearing in the plea challenging the validity of the powers of a state government to grant remission of sentence to prisoners in case of the Tamil Nadu government deciding to release of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Supreme Court`s decision to stop Tamil Nadu from releasing seven persons convicted in the 1991 assassination of former premier Rajiv Gandhi is a slap in the face of separatist elements in this country, the Sri Lankan media said.
The daughter of Nalini and Murugan, two of the seven convicted killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, on appealed to Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi not to block an opportunity for her to reunite with parents after 23 years.
The Centre moved the Supreme Court seeking a review of its judgement commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment of three convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case on the ground of delay in deciding their mercy plea.
The Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence of three key conspirators in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the quick announcement by the Tamil Nadu government to release all the seven condemned prisoners in the case has triggered a debate that is questioning the very basics of the Constitution of India.
A day after she said that people of Jammu and Kashmir are discriminated against, People`s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday questioned Rahul Gandhi`s comments against the pardon to the assassins of Rajiv Gandhi when he had maintained silence when Afzal Guru was hanged.
Acting on a petition filed by the Centre, the Supreme Court on Friday stayed a decision by the Tamil Nadu government to release of the three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case whose death sentence was commuted to life by the apex court on the ground of delay in deciding mercy petitions.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was under fire from an incensed Congress over the decision for early release of Rajiv Gandhi`s killers which it dubbed as "guided solely by political considerations" and fraught with dangerous consequences.
The seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, lodged in prisons across Tamil Nadu, are in a celebratory mood after learning about the state government`s decision to reportedly release them within three days.
A lawyer, closely associated with the probe by the Jain Commission into the conspiracy aspect of Rajiv Gandhi`s assassination, has claimed there were lapses and shortcomings in the CBI-led investigations.