Tamil Nadu government has called for a cabinet meeting on Sunday to discuss the release of the convicts serving life imprisonment in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, had written a letter to the Home Secretary of Tamil Nadu as per the Supreme Court order seeking her release.
Republic TV has accessed the letter in which Nalini has mentioned that she had approached the High Court of Judicature at Madras seeking her release from prison under Article 161 of the Constitution.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court told the Tamil Nadu governor Banwarilal Purohit to consider the mercy petition of the seven convicts in connection with Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Naveen Sinha and Justice KM Joseph also disposed of the Centre's petition regarding a proposal for release of the convicts, filed by the state government.
Earlier in April, the Madras High Court dismissed the petition of S. Nalini Sriharan seeking premature release. Nalini is presently serving a life sentence in Vellore women prison.
Earlier on March, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court granted a two-week parole to another convict Ravichandran. In the petition filed by Ravichandran, he mentioned that he had undergone imprisonment for 26 years and was released on parole three times earlier during the period. However, the police raised an objection to release his parole citing difficulty in providing security to him.
Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated by a suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber, during an election rally in Sriperumpudur in May 1991. Besides Nalini, Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran were convicted in the case.