The Supreme Court had yesterday spared Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan from execution, citing the 11-year delay in deciding their mercy plea by the President. The court rejected the government's view that the convicts did not deserve mercy as they had shown no remorse and there was "no agony, torture or dehumanizing effect due to the delay."
All parties have openly demanded the release of these convicts, and even some Congress politicians in the state have not opposed it. The assassination case has been an emotive theme in state's politics for years, given the largely pro-Lankan Tamil sentiments.
"I am not unhappy," said Union minister P Chidambaram, who is from Tamil Nadu when asked about the Tamilnadu's decision. As reported by NDTV he added, "Our grief at Rajiv Gandhi's loss is irreparable but the court made it possible. I do not see this as cynical politics.” He sought to blame the previous BJP-led government at the Center for sitting on their mercy petitions for four years.