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SC refers case of Rajiv Gandhi's killers to Constitution Bench

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred the matter on remission of life imprisonment of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to a Constitution Bench and said its interim order staying the Tamil Nadu

PTI [ Updated: April 25, 2014 11:48 IST ]
sc refers case of rajiv gandhi s killers to constitution
sc refers case of rajiv gandhi s killers to constitution bench

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred the matter on remission of life imprisonment of seven convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to a Constitution Bench and said its interim order staying the Tamil Nadu government's decision to free them will continue.


A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that the petition filed by the Centre, challenging the Tamil Nadu government's decision to remit the sentences, will be decided by the Constitution Bench and framed seven questions to be decided by it.

It said that the Constitution Bench, which will take up the matter within three months, will also decide whether the sentence of a prisoner, whose death penalty has been commuted to life, can be remitted by the government.  

The court had on February 20 stayed the decision to release of three convicts—Murugan, Santhan and Arivu—whose death sentence was commuted to life term by it on February 18 in the case, saying there had been procedural lapses on the part of the state government on the decision to release them.  

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