Karunanidhi on Saturday (April 13) said that state should soon have a cabinet meeting to adopt a resolution recommending commutation of the death sentence awarded to three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
"Our stand is that capital punishment should be abolished and should be taken off the law book," Karunanidhi said.
DMK supremo stressed that death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan should be commuted on humanitarian grounds.
"If the state government has to approach the problem truly, it should not just stop after adopting resolutions in the Assembly, but pass a resolution in a cabinet meeting and send it to the Governor," the DMK patriarch said.
However, on Friday (April 12) Supreme Court has rejected a plea for clemency from convicted terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, upholding a death penalty awarded against him.
On apex court's stand on death penalty, Karunanidhi said in a statement, "It has come as a very big shock to many expecting the verdict as well as our thinking."
"It is paradoxical that the people who do not show any mercy or compassion for others plead for mercy and project delay as a ground for commutation of the sentence of death. Many others join the bandwagon to espouse the cause of terrorists involved in the gruesome killing and mass murder of innocent civilians and raise the bogey of human rights," Justices GS Singhvi and SJ Muhopadhyaya said.