Nalini Sriharan, convicted of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, has expressed happiness after coming out of jail. She said, “I am thankful to the people of Tamil Nadu, who supported me for 32 years. I thank both the state and central government. About the rest, I will speak during the press conference in Chennai tomorrow. Tomorrow the Supreme Court. Lawyers will also speak.” Let us tell you, Nalini Sriharan, one of the six convicts in the assassination of former PM Rajiv Gandhi in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, has been released from Vellore Jail.
Nalini Sriharan’s brother Bakiyanathan also expressed happiness over his sister’s coming out of jail. She said, “Nalini and our family are very happy today. She is going to lead a normal life with her family. We will try to get an appointment with her (CM MK Stalin).” Nalini Sriharan and four other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case were released from jails in Tamil Nadu on Saturday evening. Soon after her release from the Women’s Special Jail in Vellore, Nalini went to Vellore Central Jail, from where her husband V. Sriharan alias Murugan was released. Nalini became emotional after meeting her husband.
Santhan taken to refugee camp
Besides Murugan, Santhan, the other convict in the case, was taken to a special refugee camp in Tiruchirappalli in the state in a police vehicle after his release. Both are Sri Lankan citizens. Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts Robert Payas and Jayakumar were taken to a special refugee camp after their release from Puzhal jail here. Payas and Rajkumar are also Sri Lankan citizens. The jail authorities had started the process of releasing all the six convicts, including four Sri Lankan nationals, after receiving a copy of Friday’s order of the Supreme Court.
What did the court say in the order?
The Court noted that another convict A. Yes. His earlier order to release Perarivalan applies equally to these convicts. The Supreme Court on Friday directed the premature release of Nalini Sriharan, who has been serving a life sentence for nearly three decades in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, and five other remaining convicts. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21 May 1991 by a female suicide bomber during an election rally in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Apart from Nalini, her husband V. Sriharan alias Murugan, R.P. Ravichandran, Santhan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar were to be released. Sriharan, Santan, Robert and Jayakumar are Sri Lankan citizens, while Nalini and Ravichandran belong to Tamil Nadu.
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