Madras: The Madras High Court treated as closed, the petition filed by Nalini, the life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking her premature release from jail. Justice Sathyanarayanan rejected the petition stating that the court could not direct the Governor to perform his constitutional duty in a particular way. The Judge added the court was also barred from granting the petitioner’s plea as the case was still pending before the Supreme Court. However, he added, the Tamil Nadu Home Secretary can take a decision on her plea subject to the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter.
Nalini’s advocate Radhakrishnan told The News Minute, “The Madras High court has directed the Tamil Nadu government to consider the request of releasing Nalini after the Supreme court’s decision. The case will come up for hearing in Supreme Court on August 1.”
He added that they had asked for release based on a 1994 government order according to which a convict who has spent 20 years or above in prison can be released. The seven persons convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case have been in prison for about 25 years.
Nalini Sriharan is currently in a special prison for women in Vellore serving life imprisonment. Her death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2000.