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Denial of parole unsustainable in law: Rajiv Gandhi case

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

assassination case life convict Nalini Sriharan today contended in the Madras High that the denial of parole to her by the was "unsustainable in law" as it had three years ago decided to release her prematurely.

She made the submission in a rejoinder to the counter affidavit filed by the state on her plea seeking parole for a period of six months to make arrangements for her daughter's marriage.


The has opposed her plea, saying in the event of grant of parole, she might escape from lawful custody.

In her present submissions, Nalini said the state had in 2014 decided to release her from the prison prematurely. The decision was, however, deferred only because it was stayed by the Supreme

"While the fact being so, the same now denying me parole is unsustainable by law," she contended.

Pointing out that her co-convict A G Perarivalan was granted parole for two months recently, Nalini said she would need at least six months of leave for her daughter's wedding.

The state government's counter affidavit filed by the deputy home secretary last month has said Nalini was not eligible for grant of ordinary leave as per the Suspension of Sentence Rules 1982 and Section 435 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973.

Nalini has been lodged in a special prison for women in Vellore for more than 26 years since her arrest in connection with the assassination of former prime minister at Sriperumpudur by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991, during an election rally.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 20:40 IST
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