Three AIADMK men, serving life
sentence for setting ablaze a bus in Dharmapuri that killed
three girls of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in 2000,
were released prematurely from the Vellore Central Prison
A Nedunchezhian, G Ravindran and C Muniappan were
released from the Central Prison around noon, a top official
The state government prematurely released the convicts
in commemmoration of the birth centenary celebrations
(2017-18) of former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran, also
In connection with the birth centenary celebrations,
Chief Minister K Palaniswami had announced in December 2017
that his government would take steps for the premature release
of life convicts.
The release contemplated was for those who had served
upto ten years of imprisonment on "humanitarian grounds within
the framwork of law and prison rules," he said.
Guidelines were subsequently framed by the government for
conisdering the cases of life convicts for their premature
release under Article 161 of the Constitution.
Separate government orders were issued for prematurely
releasing the trio. The orders said each of them had completed
10 years of actual imprisonment as on February 25, 2018.
The government has accepted the prison department's
proposal for their release, the orders said.
The Inspector General of Prisons' proposal for their
release was based on the recommendation of two committees
set up for the premature release of life convicts, it said.
"In exercise of the powers conferred under Art 161 of
the Constitution, the Governor of Tamil Nadu hereby remits the
unexpired portion of sentence of imprisonment for life," the
separate but identical orders said on the release of the trio.
The government order mandated furnishing of bonds "as
per usual terms and conditions," for the beneficiaries of the
government's premature release.
A Sessions Court in Salem had convicted the three men to
death in 2007 and the Madras High Court had the same year
confirmed the death sentence.
in 2010, it had stayed the execution of the sentence in 2011
and in March 2016, the top court had commuted the death
sentence to life term.
Soon after former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was
convicted in the Pleasant Stay Hotel case on February 2, 2000
for allegedly flouting norms to favour a hotel at Kodaikanal,
AIADMK workers held protests and a mob torched a varsity bus
the same day in Dharmapuri.
Jayalalithaa was sentenced to one year rigorous
imprisonment in that case.
Three students, Kokilavani, Gayathri and Hemalatha died
in the blaze amid commotion while 44 other students and two
college lecturers managed to escape.
Scores of life convicts have already been released from
prisons across the state in connection with the centenary
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