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No power to commute death sentence- Jayalalitha

Chennai,Aug 29, () Tamil Nadu Chief Minister  told the State  Assembly  that a falsehood was being spread by political parties that the State Government can invoke Article 161 to commute the death sentence after the President rejected the mercy petition. She blamed Karunanidhi for the rejection of mercy plea.

She said the Union Home Ministry had in 1991 had made it clear that only the President has the powers to consider an appeal after rejecting the mercy petition. However, if there is a change of circumstances or if any new material is available, the condemned person himself or anyone on his behalf may make a fresh application to the President for reconsideration of the earlier order. Once the President has rejected a mercy petition, all future applications in this behalf should be addressed to and would be dealt with by the President,” she quoted the Home Ministry’s directive.

Jayalalitha said DMK president M Karunanidhi at a cabinet meeting on April 19 2000 advised the Governor to reject the mercy plea of the three and commute the death sentence of Nalini to life.  After doing this Karunanidhi was adopting “double standards” and enacting a “fake drama”.

Making a suo moto statement in the Assembly, Jayalalithaa said, “I don’t have any power to alter the Presidential order rejecting the mercy petitions of the three,” — Murugan, Perarivalan and Santhan. After adopting a resolution in the Cabinet that the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan couldbe executed, Mr. Karunanidhi now wants me save their lives. It is nothing but a drama,”