Nalini Sriharan, who is one of the convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has been granted an extension in parole. Her parole was to end on August 25.
Chennai: The Madras high court has granted a three-week-extension of parole for one of the seven convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. Nalini was out on a one-month parole for her daughter’s wedding.
Nalini then made a fresh appeal to the court stating that she could not complete the tasks required for the marriage despite her best efforts. The plea was admitted by a division bench of Justices MM Sundresh and M Nirmal Kumar.
Nalini's parole period had begun on July 25. She was escorted out of the Vellore Central Prison’s women’s cell accompanied by a posse of police officers.
In April, Nalini had filed a habeas corpus petition in the Madras high court seeking ordinary leave for six months.
Nalini, in her plea, had reasoned that every life convict was entitled to one month of ordinary leave after completing two years in prison and she had not availed the leave even once during the past 28 years.
The court, however, finally granted her only a month of parole.
These developments come even as the other convicts - Murugan, Santhan, Robert Payas, Ravichandran, Jayakumar and Perarivalan along with Nalini, are awaiting a decision by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit on their release, as recommended by the state government under Article 161 of the Constitution.
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Last Updated Aug 22, 2019, 2:57 PM IST