Court reserves orders on early release of Nalini(Lead)July 11th, 2008 - 10:05 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, July 11 (IANS) The Madras High Court Friday reserved its orders on the early release plea of Nalini, who is serving a life sentence for her involvement in former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Advocate General G. Masilamani told the court that the government needed time to file a detailed counter affidavit to explain its stand and that it opposed Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy’s petition seeking to implead himself in the case opposing her release.
Judge S. Nagamuthu reserved his orders on the matter.
Appearing for Nalini, her counsel S. Doraiswamy also opposed Swamy’s intervention in the matter saying he had no locus standi.
The Supreme Court confirmed Nalini’s death penalty in 2000.
Her sentence was commuted to life sentence following a representation from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and a recommendation from the Tamil Nadu government on humanitarian grounds.
Doraiswamy cited procedural improprieties in the rejection of her early release and filed a petition in the high court in May.
Nalini’s daughter, who lives in London with her uncles, has sought Indian citizenship on the basis of her mother’s origin.
Nalini’s husband Sriharan alias Murugan, also sentenced to death, has appealed for clemency.
Gandhi was blown up at an election rally near Chennai May 21, 1991 by a woman suicide bomber who Indian authorities said was from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The LTTE has denied killing Gandhi.
Nalini accompanied the suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, to the election meeting and saw Gandhi die. Murugan, who she married in jail, was an operative of the LTTE intelligence wing.
- Rajiv killer Nalini's 'A' class prison facilities restored - Mar 15, 2012
- Rajiv killers' pleas adjourned till Nov 29 - Oct 28, 2011
- Rajiv Gandhi killing convict couple meet in Vellore jail - Sep 10, 2011
- Gandhi accused Nalini breaks down - Sep 07, 2011
- Court pleas, threats, protests to save Rajiv's killers (Lead) - Aug 29, 2011
- Spare my son, don't hang him, pleads father - Aug 29, 2011
- Nalini plans to appeal in apex court against decision - Mar 30, 2010
- Assembly resolution on Rajiv killers not binding: Khurshid - Aug 30, 2011
- Rajiv killers' pleas adjourned till Jan 31 - Nov 29, 2011
- Rajiv assassination: Kin of other victims fast for speedy hanging - Sep 09, 2011
- Tamil Nadu rejects Nalini's plea for release (Second Lead) - Mar 29, 2010
- President rejects mercy petition of Rajiv killers (Lead) - Aug 11, 2011
- Release Rajiv Gandhi killers, appeals Karunanidhi - Oct 06, 2011
- Woman torches herself to save Rajiv killers - Aug 28, 2011
- Celebrations in Tamil Nadu as Rajiv killers' hanging stayed - Aug 30, 2011
Tags: advocate general, clemency, congress president sonia gandhi, court reserves, dhanu, election rally, former prime minister, humanitarian grounds, improprieties, indian authorities, indian citizenship, intelligence wing, liberation tigers of tamil eelam, liberation tigers of tamil eelam ltte, life sentence, locus standi, madras high court, rajiv gandhi, tamil nadu government, woman suicide bomber