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Petition to Commute the Death Sentence of Santhan, Murugan and an PEOPLE's UNION for CIVIL LIBERTIES (PUCL)- TAMIL NADU

Petition to Commute the Death Sentence of Santhan, Murugan and an PEOPLE's UNION for CIVIL LIBERTIES (PUCL)- TAMIL NADU

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Published by Arul Rathinam
குடியரசுத் தலைவர் கருணை மனுவை நிராகரித்தாலும் மாநில அரசினால் தூக்கு தண்டனையை குறைக்க முடியும் என்று பி.யு.சி.எல் தனது கோரிக்கை மனுவில் தெளிவாக சுட்டிக்காட்டியுள்ளது.
குடியரசுத் தலைவர் கருணை மனுவை நிராகரித்தாலும் மாநில அரசினால் தூக்கு தண்டனையை குறைக்க முடியும் என்று பி.யு.சி.எல் தனது கோரிக்கை மனுவில் தெளிவாக சுட்டிக்காட்டியுள்ளது.

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Petition to Commutethe death sentence ofSanthan, Murugan and Perarivalan
 
PEOPLE'S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES (PUCL)-TAMIL NADU AND PUDUCHERRY
Hussaina Manzil, III Floor, 255 (old No. 123) Angappa Naicken Street, Chennai 600 001.
E-mail: rightstn@gmail.com,Phone: 91-44- 25352459/ Mob: 94442-31497
 
 
2
PUCL
 –
TN & Puduvai
 
Commutation of death sentencesPerarivalan, Murugan and Santhan
PEOPLE'S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES- TAMIL NADU AND PUDUCHERRY
 
Hussaina Manzil, III Floor, 255 (old No. 123) Angappa Naicken Street, Chennai 600 001.E-mail:rightstn@gmail.com, Phone: 91-44- 25352459
PEOPLE'S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES- TAMIL NADU AND PUDUCHERRY
Hussaina Manzil, 255 (old No. 123) Angappa Naicken Street, Chennai 600 001.Phone: 91-44- 25352459: E-mail: rightstn@gmail.com
President
 
General Secretary
 
Dr. V. Suresh S. Balamurugan
94442-31497 94432-13501
 
19
th
August, 2011
ToMs. J. Jayalalithaa,
Hon’ble
Chief Minister, Government of Tamil Nadu,Fort St. George, Chennai 600009.Sub.: 1)
Commutation Petition
u/s 54 r/w 55 A of Indian Penal Code, s. 433(a)r/w 432(7) of the Code of Criminal Procedure and Art.161 of theConstitution of India to commute the death sentence of 3 prisoners, Santhan,Murugan and Perarivalan currently lodged in Vellore Central Prison andscheduled to be executed shortly.2) Executive Stay of execution of death sentence pending final decision of this commutation petition.
Respected Madam,
 
1. We are a national level human rights organization founded by Lok Nayak  Jayaprakash Narayan, Acharya Kripalani and other eminent freedom fighters and citizens. Asan organization we, in the PUCL, are against death penalty. As a form of punishment it isarbitrary, capricious, unfair and by its very nature, cruel, inhuman and degrading. We are alsoof the view the constitutional value system and the concept of democracy do not endorse alife stifling approach to the problems arising in society for in the end it is very often thepoor and the ill defended who get punished.
 
Right from our inception in 1975, we have beencampaigning for India to abolish death penalty and join the comity of 137 nations of the world which have abolished death penalty in their countries.
 
3
PUCL
 –
TN & Puduvai
 
Commutation of death sentencesPerarivalan, Murugan and Santhan
PEOPLE'S UNION FOR CIVIL LIBERTIES- TAMIL NADU AND PUDUCHERRY
 
Hussaina Manzil, III Floor, 255 (old No. 123) Angappa Naicken Street, Chennai 600 001.E-mail:rightstn@gmail.com, Phone: 91-44- 25352459
2.
 We are writing to you in connection with the impending execution of deathsentence against 3 prisoners, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, whose mercy/ clemency 
1
 petitions
 were recently rejected by the Hon‟ble President of India on advice by the Union
Council of Ministers, a fact we have come to know from the newspapers. With the rejectionof the clemency petitions, it is just a matter of days before the execution is carried out. It istherefore we hasten with this commutation petition.3. We are addressing this commutation petition urging the State of Tamil Nadu toexercise clemency / commutation powers provided under section 54 r/w s. 55 A of theIndian Penal Code (IPC), sec. 432(a) r/w 433(7) of the Code of Criminal procedure (Cr.P.C.)and Article 161 of the Constitution of India to commute the death sentence against the threedeath row convicts to a sentence of life imprisonment. We are seeking exercise of theplenary powers of the state government under the various provisions mentioned above, notas a measure seeking condonation of the crimes for which the prisoners have been heldguilty by the highest court of the land, but by way of 
exercise of power to grant life 
.4. This petition is organized on the following lines:Part I
Brief Facts of the Case 
Part II:
Grounds for Fresh Consideration of Commutation Petition 
1.
 
Repeated commutation petitions are permissible.2.
 
Power of Governor to grant pardon or commutation is absolute,unfettered and not affected by rejection of earlier commutation petition by President
1
The terms clemency, commutation and pardon are used interchangeably to mean the same, throughout thisrepresentation, to refer to the decision to commute the death sentence with life imprisonment. By the same token,
petitions seeking `mercy’, `pardon’, `clemency’ and `commutation’ all refer to the same relief, viz., seeking
commutation of the death sentence.

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