Terrorism is an offence and it must attract a deterrent punishment: Jaitley

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Arun Jaitley while considering the sentiments of the Gandhi family over the issue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s killer said that those who had committed such heinous crimes cannot be made symbol of identity politics.

He said, ‘Nothing more can hurt national security. Terrorism is an offence against the country and it must attract a deterrent punishment. The Supreme Court has recently held that undue and unexplained delay in the execution of death sentence can result in commutation of death sentence. The delays are caused in the disposal of mercy petition by the Ministry of Home Affairs, by the State government in giving their views on the issue and even by the Rashtrapati Bhawan.’

‘A large number of death convicts have recently got commutation of sentence on account of delay. Somebody has to be held accountable as to why and where these delays have been caused. The latest case of relief to the assassins of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is unconscionable. After assassinating a former Prime Minister of the country there can be institutional compassion for such persons is difficult to comprehend,’ he said.
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