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    The three condemned prisoners in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case got a reprieve on Tuesday, with the Madras High Court staying their execution, due to be carried out on September 9.

    A Division Bench, comprising Justices C. Nagappan and M. Sathyanarayanan, passed the interim order on petitions by Perarivalan, Santhan and Murugan. As the matter involved the consideration of a question of law, the petitions were being admitted and there would be an interim injunction, the Bench said.

    Additional Solicitor-General M. Ravindran and Advocate-General A. Navaneethakrishnan took notice for the Central and State governments. The Bench said the counter should be filed in eight weeks.

    As soon as the order was dictated in the court hall, there were joyous shouts inside and outside.

    Slogans were raised on the court premises. Crackers were burst in front of the court.

    The petitioners' main contention was that the delay in disposal of the mercy petitions by 11 years and four months made the execution of the death sentence “unduly harsh and excessive,” amounting to violation of their right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution. The sentence of death after 20 years of incarceration was “unjust and inhuman.”
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