Nalini Sriharan, convicted in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was on Friday granted month-long parole by the Madras High Court.
Nalini, who has been in prison from the last 27 years and is the longest serving woman prisoner, was last month allowed to appear in person seeking a six-month leave.
According to some media reports, in April she argued that a life convict is entitled to one-month leave once in two years. Further, since she had never availed such ordinary leave for more than 27 years, she now needs a six-month leave to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.
Nalini had in 2010 moved the Madras High Court seeking her release as she had served more than 20 years in prison. She argued that even life convicts were released after 14 years in prison. However, the state government turned down her request for release.
For her involvement in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, she was initially sentenced to death in 1999. However, the Tamil Nadu government reduced her death sentence to life imprisonment by the in 2000.
But, the AIADMK government in 2018 recommended the release of seven convicts—Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Ravichandran, Robert Payas and Nalini – all have served 27 years in prison.
In the 2019 election manifestos, both DMK and ruling AIADMK promised the release of all convicts in the assassination case.
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21 May 1991, by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber during an election rally at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.