The Constitution Bench, will also decide within next three months, whether the sentence of a prisoner, whose death penalty has been commuted to life, can be remitted by the government
The Supreme Court on Friday referred the matter on remission of life imprisonment of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case to a Constitution Bench. The apex court also said its interim order staying the Tamil Nadu government's decision to free them will continue.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that the petition filed by the Centre, challenging the Tamil Nadu government's decision to remit the sentences, will be decided by the Constitution Bench and framed seven questions to be decided by it.
It said that the Constitution Bench, which will take up the matter within three months, will also decide whether the sentence of a prisoner, whose death penalty has been commuted to life, can be remitted by the government.
The court had on 20th February stayed the decision to release three convicts--Murugan, Santhan and Arivu-- whose death sentence was commuted to life term by it on 18th February in the case, saying there had been procedural lapses on the part of the state government on the decision to release them.
The apex court later on had also stayed release of convicts Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran in the case.
The Jayalalithaa government had on 19th February decided to set free all the seven convicts in the assassination case.
Santhan, Murugan and Arivu are currently lodged in the Central Prison, Vellore and they are in jail since 1991.
The other four are also undergoing life sentence for their role in Gandhi's assassination on 21 May 1991 in Sriperumbudur.
Maruti Suzuki said lower volumes, higher sales promotion expense and a stock compensation paid to dealers owing to reduction in excise duty affected its net profit during the March quarter
Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL), the country's largest car maker, on Friday reported over 35% fall in its fourth quarter net profit on lower volumes, higher sales promotion expense and stock compensation paid to dealers.
For the quarter to end-March, the company, a unit of Japanese Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) said, its net profit fell to Rs800 crore from Rs1,239 crore, while its total revenues, including sales, declined 9.5% to Rs11,818 crore from Rs13,056 crore, same period last year. However, MSIL said, its fourth quarter results are not strictly comparable with same period last year as Suzuki Powertrain India Ltd was merged with the company during the March 2014 quarter.
"Lower volumes, higher sales promotion expense and a stock compensation to dealers owing to reduction in excise duty (exceptional expense) impacted the company's bottomline during the quarter," MSIL said in a regulatory filing.
Between January to March 2014, the carmaker sold 3.25 lakh units, a drop of over 5%, compared with 3.43 lakh units it sold during same period a year ago.
For the 12-months to end-March, MSIL said its net profit increased 16.3% to Rs2,783 crore mainly on favourable foreign exchange as well as its cost reduction and localisation initiatives.
During FY2013-14, Maruti Suzuki said its total revenues, including sales, inched marginally to Rs42,644 crore.
MSIL said its sales during the 12-months to end-March, declined 1.4% to 11.55 lakh units, mainly due to lower exports. During FY14, Maruti Suzuki's experts fell 15.8% to 10.13 lakh units.
The company declared a dividend of 240% or Rs12 per share. For FY13, MSIL had declared a dividend of 160% or Rs8 per share.
At 2.30pm Friday, Maruti Suzuki was trading 2.5% down at Rs1,935 on the BSE, while the 30-share Sensex was marginally down at 22,701.