Video : Indian Supreme Court commutes Rajiv killers' death sentence
The Indian Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of three convicts — Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan — in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to life imprisonment.
While commuting death sentence, the apex court cited the 11 years delay on the part of the Centre in deciding their mercy plea.
The Court also rejected the Centre’s contention that delay in deciding mercy plea of the three convicts did not result in agony.
Meanwhile, In a decision which is likely to further strain the ties between the UPA and the DMK, the Indian Central government has informed the Supreme Court that Kachatheevu could not be retrieved from Sri Lanka as demanded by the party president, M. Karunanidhi.
In its response to Karunanidhi’s writ petition seeking retrieval of the island from Sri Lanka, the Centre said the question of retrieval did not arise as no territory belonging to India was ceded, nor sovereignty relinquished, to Sri Lanka.
The petition comes up for hearing tomorrow.
The Centre said the island was a matter of dispute between British India and Ceylon and there was no agreed boundary.
The dispute on the status of the island was settled in 1974 by an agreement, and both countries took into account historical evidence and legal aspects.