Former Indian Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju on his social media profile said he will setup a ‘Court of Last Resort’ to release those who’ve been languishing in jails in excess of their sentences.
Here is his statement:
Justice Katju: Rajiv Gandhi’s killers should be freed
Rajiv Gandhi’s killers have been in jail for 24 years now. That is 6 years more than the time Dr. Manette spent in the Bastille ( see Dickens’ ‘ A Tale of Two Cities ‘ ). I think they should be now pardoned and set free, like Abdul Qadeer who is in Hyderabad jail, Devinderpal Singh Bhullar in Tihar jail, and Zaibunnisa Qazi, in Yeravda jail, for whom I have issued appeals for their pardon earlier ( see my blogs on justicekatju.blogspot.in )
I am not justifying the assassination. But what business did Rajiv Gandhi have in sending the Indian army into Srilanka, causing the deaths of thousands of Tamilians, apart from 3000 of our soldiers ? Would that not have given rise to a strong sense of resentment among Tamilians ?
Rajiv Gandhi’s ordering massacre of Sikhs in 1984 after the assassination of his mother ( see my blog ‘ The Sikh ‘riots’, 1984 on justicekatju.blogspot.in ), and saying ‘ Jab bada ped girta hai, to dharti hil jaati hai ‘ showed that he had a criminal bent.
In any case, enough is enough. The convicts should now be freed.
If they are not, I am setting up a ‘ Court of Last Resort ‘ ( see my blog with that title ) on my return to India for attaining this objective, and for this I will appeal to the patriotic Indians for help.
If the Government behaves callously and like a Kumbhakaran, we know how to awaken it.