Chennai: The Madras High Court Friday granted one month parole to Nalini Sriharan, serving a life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case after she argued her plea in person for seeking the relief to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.
A division bench of Justice MM Sundaresh and Justice M Nirmal Kumar also directed the Tamil Nadu government to finalise the process for her release within ten days.
The bench ordered Nalini not to give any interviews and not to meet any political person while out on parole.
She was brought to the High court amid tight security in compliance with the June 25 order of the bench granting her permission to appear in person and argue on her petition.
Nalini, lodged in the Special Prison for Women in Vellore for the last over 27 years, had sought six months leave to make arrangements for the marriage of her daughter.
Besides Nalini, six others, including her husband Murugan, a Sri Lankan national, are serving life imprisonment in the case related to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE suicide bomber during an election rally at Sriperumpudur near here on May 21, 1991.
Earlier, the CBI had told the Supreme Court that AG Perarivalan’s plea seeking a recall of its May 1999 judgement upholding his conviction in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case should have been dismissed as it was devoid of any merits.
In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the CBI’s Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA), probing the larger conspiracy aspect behind Gandhi’s assassination, had said that the role of convict AG Perarivalan in the conspiracy resulting in the killings of the former prime minister and others had already been upheld by the top court.
The agency had said that the application seeking a recall of the 11 May 1999 apex court judgement was not maintainable since it was seeking to reopen the whole matter on merits which could not be permissible.