Chennai: The Madras High Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea for release from jail filed by Nalini Sriharan, the convict serving for life in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
The convict, currently in a special prison for women in Vellore, had earlier moved the Madras High Court seeking release from jail as per a 1994 Government Order that provides for the release of life convicts who had spent 20 years or more in jail. Nalini, who was arrested on June 14, 1991, has already served over 25 years. She said that only four persons of the 26 accused in the case were handed the capital punishment while three were given the life sentence.
Nalini’s death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after the convict gave birth to a girl child and the Congress President Sonia Gandhi intervened with a clemency petition for the sake of the girl child in 2000.
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi died in a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, in Tamil Nadu, India on 21 May 1991.