UPA’s over 5-year de­lay opened up the door to po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunism but NDA too dragged its feet

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Oc­to­ber 17, 1999 The four death row con­victs send clemency pe­ti­tions to Tamil Nadu Gover­nor.

Oc­to­ber 27, 1999 Gover­nor re­jects the pleas.

Novem­ber 25, 1999 Madras High Court quashes Gover­nor’s re­jec­tion of the clemency pe­ti­tions.

April 19, 2000 Chief Min­is­ter M. Karunanidhi com­mutes Nalini’s death sen­tence af­ter So­nia Gandhi writes to him for clemency.

April 28, 2000 Tamil Nadu govern­ment for­wards clemency pleas of San­than, Mu­ru­gan and Per­ari­valan to the Pres­i­dent. Kalam does not act on plea.

June 21, 2005

plea to Pres­i­dent MHA, un­der Kalam UPA, af­ter re­sends five-year de­lay. No de­ci­sion from Pres­i­dent.

Au­gust 12, 2011

re­jects clemency Pres­i­dent pe­ti­tion Prat­i­bha af­ter a Patil four-year wait.

Au­gust 26, 2011 Ex­e­cu­tion of three con­victs fixed for Septem­ber 9, 2011.

Au­gust 30, 2011 Tamil Nadu As­sem­bly adopts res­o­lu­tion urg­ing the Pres­i­dent to com­mute the death sen­tence.

Au­gust 30, 2011 Madras High Court stays ex­e­cu­tion of San­than, Mu­ru­gan and Per­ari­valan. Pe­ti­tions trans­ferred to Supreme Court later.

May 1, 2012 Supreme Court says it would hear the pe­ti­tions of three con­victs.

Fe­bru­ary 18, 2014 Supreme Court com­mutes the death sen­tence on grounds of de­lay in dis­pos­ing their mercy pleas.

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