SC reserves remission order

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday reserved its order on the question whether after the commutation of death sentence into life imprisonment, could the conspirators in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case be granted further remission and be released by the Tamil Nadu government.

A constitution bench headed by Chief Justice H.L.Dattu reserved the order as Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar reiterated the position that since the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case was investigated and prosecuted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), it was the central government alone was competent to grant remission and release them.

Other judges on the constitution bench were Justice Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose, Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit.

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