The Hush Post |12:09 pm|one-minute-read|
Nalini Sriharan, the Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict, who has been serving a life sentence for the past 28 years has been granted a prolonged parole by the Madras High Court.
Nalini has been released on a 30-day parole from the Vellore jail. Nalini had sought parole for 30 days to arrange for her daughter’s wedding. Though, she had sought parole for 6 months but she was only granted 30 days.
On July 5, the high court had granted one month parole to Nalini after she argued in person her plea seeking relief to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.
The court has specifically ordered Nalini to not meet or speak to any media in these 30 days. The court has also issued a set of guidelines to Nalini for the parole period.
This is the first time Nalini is out on parole in 28 years of jail. She was granted a 12-hour parole in 2016 to attend the funeral of her father.
This is the first time she has been granted parole for a longer time. Nalini was brought out of the Vellore jail on Thursday morning and was received by a relative outside the prison.
Nalini will be making arrangements for the wedding of her daughter. Her daughter was born in the Vellore jail itself and was raised in the UK. She is a medical professional.
Last week the Madras High Court had dismissed a petition filed by Nalini Sriharan seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Governor for her premature release.
Nalini was arrested in 1991 in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. She was given the death sentence. However, later it was turned into life imprisonment.
On September 9, 2018 the Tamil Nadu council of ministers adviced the Governor to release Nalini and six others involved in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Nalini had moved the High Court, seeking a direction to the Governor to countersign the advice of the council of ministers.
The cabinet decided to release the convicts V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthanthiraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Nalini, under Article 161 of the Constitution,
The seven convicts are on life sentence for their role in the assassination of the former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 in Sriperumpudur.