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 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".