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Sibal: Govt to abide by apex court decision in Rajiv Gandhi case

PTI New Delhi | Updated on February 19, 2014 Published on February 19, 2014

Law Minister Kapil Sibal today said the Government would abide by the Supreme Court’s decision commuting the death penalty of convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, but took a jibe at the BJP for not uttering a word on the issue while it had bayed for Afzal Guru’s blood.

“They (BJP) were baying for the blood of Afzal Guru and I am surprised that when it comes to other assassins, they don’t even utter a word. I think BJP has something to answer to,” he told presspersons, questioning the silence of the Opposition party over the issue.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam had yesterday commuted the death sentence of Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan on the ground of a delay of nearly 11 years in deciding their mercy petitions despite the Centre’s plea against any relief to them.

“Those who assassinated Rajiv Gandhi should not be given any relief; that is the position of the Attorney-General. Now the court has rendered a decision. We must naturally abide by it. We may or may not agree with it, but we must abide by it,” Sibal said.

Guru, who was convicted in the Parliament attack case and awarded death sentence, was hanged last year. BJP had raised the issue of “delay” in his hanging, accusing the Centre of being “soft on terror”.

Published on February 19, 2014
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