Chennai: For the first time on national television, Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict, Nalini Sriharan, spoke out and made appeals to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as well as Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to release her and the six others who are incarcerated in relation to her case.
Nalini Sriharan had been given permission by jail authorities to leave prison for one day on Wednesday, on parole. She was escorted by ten police personnel as she left Vellore Jail to attend her father’s last rites. Aside from the general measures that are put in place by the escorting police personnel, when a life convict is allowed to go out on parole, special measures had been put in place for Nalini’s protection during her parole, due to the sensitive nature of her case.
She was home for the first time after almost 15 years when she made the appeal on national television.
She maintains that all seven of the people who have been incarcerated for the last 25 years in relation to the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case are innocent and says that the hope that the Supreme Court will grant them justice is the only thing that keeps them going.
“Supreme Court has ruled out every possible way of release but I’m sure there are ways,” she said.
There isn’t much the Chief Minister can do with the Supreme Court having struck down the possibility of their release, but it is yet to be seen how she will go about this situation after discussing this with her legal team.