HC grants 24-hour parole to Nalini to attend father’s rites

Chennai: Nalini Sriharan, serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was today granted one-day parole by the Madras High Court for attending the 16th day obsequies of her father, who died last month.

She had filed a petition seeking three days leave from today for attending the obsequies of her father, who passed away last month.

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The 16th day obsequies of her father are scheduled to be held at Kottur here tomorrow, she submitted.

Justice R Mala, before whom the plea came up, granted her 24-hour parole starting from today at 4 PM to 4 PM tomorrow.

The judge said she should be under police escort and be brought back to prison by 4 PM tomorrow.

In her petition, Nalini submitted that she had made a representation on March 2 to the Superintendent of Special Prison for Women in Vellore, where she is lodged, seeking three days leave but the official had not responded.

She said she was granted parole for 12 hours on February 24 to attend the cremation of her father Sankaranarayanan.

Nalini was sentenced to death by the trial court in the case on January 28, 1998. Her sentence was commuted to life term by the Tamil Nadu Governor on April 24, 2000.

Nalini granted one-day parole

Chennai, March 8 (IANS) Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts serving life term for her role in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, was granted one-day parole on Tuesday by the Madras High Court.

She applied for three days’ parole to attend to her father’s memorial prayer.

The court granted her parole for 24 hours to attend her father’s memorial prayer on March 9.

Last month, Nalini was granted 12 hours’ parole to attend her father’s funeral held here. She is lodged in Vellore prison, around 150 km from here.

Nalini was sentenced to death by a special court for her involvement in Gandhi’s assassination at Sriperumbudur near Chennai on May 21, 1991.

The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after Sonia Gandhi, the former prime minister’s widow, petitioned for clemency — for the sake of Nalini’s daughter.

Nalini, an Indian, had accompanied the Sri Lankan woman suicide bomber who blew up Rajiv Gandhi with concealed explosives.

Nalini, who was a close friend of an LTTE operative known as Murugan, who too is an accused in the case, later gave birth to a girl in prison.

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