Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Nalini Sriharan released on month-long parole to attend daughter’s wedding

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini Sriharan was released on month-long ordinary parole from Vellore central prison on Thursday, news agency ANI reported. It said that Nalini was granted parole by the Madras High Court to make arrangements for her daughters wedding. The High Court had granted her parole on July 5 after she argued her case in person. In its order, the High Court had said that Nalini may be allowed out of prison on a month to make arrangements for her daughters marriage who lives in London. Besides, it had issued a set of guidelines to Nalini for the parole period and asked her specifically to not meet or speak to media. Nalini is one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. She is the countrys longest-serving woman prisoner. This is the first time Nalini has been granted ordinary parole of 30 days in her 28-year-long incarceration. Nalini and others serving life sentence for their role in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 in nearby Sriperumpudur. Nalini will not return to her house in Royapettah in Chennai. She will remain in Vellore town for a month where her family has hired a house for the wedding. Earlier in 2016, she was granted emergency parole for 12 hours following the death of her father. However, this is the first time she is being given ordinary parole. Nalini was arrested in 1991 in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. She was awarded capital punishment by a TADA court and the Supreme Court. However, her death penalty was commuted to life imprisonment by the Tamil Nadu government in 2000. Last week, the High Court had rejected a petition filed by Nalini seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu Governor for her premature release.