Prez rejects mercy plea of Rajiv killers

Prez rejects mercy plea of Rajiv killers

 The Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence for four LTTE activists for their roles in the assassination of Gandhi on May 21, 1991. The death sentence of another accused Nalini, wife of Murugan, was commuted to life sentence.

A Rasthrapati Bhavan spokesperson said that the clemency petitions of all the three accused had been turned down by the President last week.

The trio, charged with criminal conspiracy and execution of the suicide attack plot, had filed mercy petitions before the President after confirmation of their sentence by the apex court.
The Home Ministry had sent its opinion on June 21, 2005 which was called back for review on February 23, 2011 and was re-submitted to the President on March 8 this year.

Earlier, in May, the President had rejected mercy petitions of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar of Punjab and Mahendra Nath Das of Assam following the recommendations from the Union Home Ministry.

Bhullar was sentenced to death by a trial court on August 25, 2001, for plotting terror attacks on Punjab SSP Sumedh Singh Saini in 1991 and the then Youth Congress president M S Bitta in 1993. Das was found guilty of murdering one Hara Kanta Das.

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