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Friday, February 03 2023
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Rajiv Gandhi killers to serve life sentence, not hang: SC

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New Delhi: In the wake of the debate over the confirmation of death penalty to Yakub Memon, the Supreme Court dismissed a curative petition filed by the Centre on the Court’s decision of commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment of three persons convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
In February last year, the Court had commuted the death sentence of three persons – Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, citing the 11-year delay in deciding their mercy petitions.

The Supreme Court today confirmed its decision of commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment of three persons convicted of killing former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Centre’s curative petition said that the victims in the former Prime Minister’s assassination case were not heard before commuting their death sentence.

The three convicts are lodged in a Vellore prison. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu.

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