A day when the Supreme Court stayed till Wednesday the execution of four associates of slain sandalwood smuggler Veerappan, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) supremo M Karunanidhi on Monday called for the abolition of death penalty, media reports said.
"DMK chief M Karunanidhi has appealed for the death penalty to be abolished," NDTV reported.
The Supreme Court on Monday has stayed the execution of four associates of slain sandalwood smuggler Veerappan till Feb 20 but said that such application should be filed by the convicts themselves.
The four had appealed to the court on Saturday to hear their plea for a stay on their execution on priority, expressing fear that they could be hanged as early as Sunday.
The convicts want the execution to be commuted to life term.
President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy pleas of the four associates of Veerappan, media reports said on Wednesday.
The four accused whose mercy pleas have been rejected are Gnanprakasham, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran.