The Madras High Court today stayed for eight weeks the execution of three Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts. They were due to be hanged on the 9th of next month. Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by the tiger terrorists on 21st May 1991. They were ordered to be hanged on the 9th of next month with the rejection of mercy pleas by the Indian President. Responding to appeals made tiger loyalists the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha Jeyaram said she did not have the powers to commute the death sentences of convicts. She emphasized that as a Chief Minister she did not have the authority to change the ruling after the President of India had rejected their mercy petition.
However, the Indian media reported that the Madras High Court has decided to stay for eight weeks the execution of the three convicts — Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan.