Govt to file mercy plea to save two Indians awarded death penalty in Qatar
The two men from Tamil Nadu were awarded death penalty by Qatar’s Supreme Court for allegedly murdering a woman four years ago.india Updated: Jan 09, 2017 17:13 IST
Government has decided to file a mercy petition on behalf of family members of two men from Tamil Nadu who were awarded death penalty by Qatar’s Supreme Court for allegedly murdering a woman four years ago.
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who had sought a report about the case from Indian envoy in Qatar two days ago, on Monday said the embassy has requested Tamil Nadu government’s help in filing mercy plea for Alagappa Subramaniam and Chelladurai Perumal.
“I have received report from Qatar reg death sentence for Alagappa Subramaniam and Chelladurai Perumal both from Tamil Nadu.
I have received report from Qatar reg death sentence for Alagappa Subramaniam and Chelladurai Perumal both from Tamil Nadu @IndEmbDoha /1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 9, 2017
We have to file mercy petition on behalf of their family members. Our Embassy has requested Govt of Tamil Nadu in this regard.@IndEmbDoha /2— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) January 9, 2017
The court had recently rejected a plea by the Indian Embassy to overturn the death penalty awarded to the duo, both in their 40s, but commuted the life term awarded to the third accused, Sivakumar Arasan to 15 years’ jail term.
While Subramaniam hails from Villupuram, Perumal is a resident of Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu who had gone to the Gulf country for better job opportunities.
Congress MLA from Tamil Nadu’s Nanguneri constituency, H Vasanthakumar, had recently written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Swaraj, seeking their urgent intervention in saving Subramaniam and Perumal.
The MLA requested Modi and Swaraj to take up the case with the ruler of Qatar.
“If these Indian nationals were not released and send back to India safely, I will organise indefinite protest before the Qatar Embassy at Delhi and Qatar Consulate at Mumbai,” he had said in the letter.
The then chief minister J Jayalalithaa last year had sanctioned Rs 9.5 lakh to take care of the expenses for filing the appeal in the Supreme Court.