For the first time in 27 years, Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin Nalini will come out of prison

 The Hush Post | 7:18 pm | One-minute read |

Serving life imprisonment in the assassination case of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Nalini Sriharan has got a parole for 30 days. The Madras High Court granted her parole after hearing her petition on Friday. This is for the first time she will come out of jail in her 27 years long incarceration.

Nalini had asked the High Court to release her on parole for six months to attend her daughter’s marriage. Her daughter, who was born in jail, has completed her higher studies and lives with her grandparents abroad.

Nalini is serving life imprisonment along with six other convicts. She had moved the Madras High Court seeking parole and had argued her case in person.


Nalini submitted that every lifer gets a one-month parole in two years, but she was never granted parole in 27 years.

Hearing the petition, a division bench of Justice MM Sundresh and Justice M Nirmal Kumar granted her parole. The court also ordered her not to give any interviews or meet any political person while out on parole.

The Tamil Nadu government had commuted the death penalty granted to Nalini to life sentence in 2000.


Seeking release, Nalini has filed a writ maintaining that after commutation of her sentence around 3700 life convicts who have served 10 years of imprisonment have been released by the state government.

Nalini claimed that the Tamil Nadu cabinet had advised to release her and other six life convicts in the case on September 9, 2018, but the decision hasn’t been implemented.

A LTTE suicide bomber assassinated Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 during an election rally in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur.

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