The murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has once again come into the limelight. The reason is the release of its culprits. One of the culprits of this massacre is Nalini Sriharan. Who said on Sunday that Priyanka Gandhi had asked about her father’s murder during a meeting with him in jail in 2008. In her first press conference so far, Nalini, while answering a question about the related meeting here, said that she told Priyanka everything she knew. When asked whether Priyanka looked strong or “wept with emotion” when she met at Tamil Nadu’s Vellore Central Jail in 2008, Nalini said, “Yes she had become very emotional”.
Nalini said that despite the passage of time, Priyanka’s “wounds” due to her father’s murder had not healed even in that meeting. When asked again whether Priyanka was crying, Nalini said, “Yes”. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21 May 1991 in a suicide bombing in Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu. Nalini said other details of the meeting could not be disclosed as it pertained to Priyanka’s personal views. Nalini was released on November 12 following a Supreme Court order.
What did you say on meeting the people of Gandhi family?
Asked if she was hesitant to meet the members of the Gandhi family, Nalini said such hesitation was due to the backdrop of the murder case. She said that if the Gandhi family wanted to meet her, she would meet them. Asked about the lessons she learned in over 30 years in prison, Nalini said that prison is a “big university”, where she has learned many things. Asked if she has any plans to write an autobiography-like book on life in prison and the legal struggle for safe release, she said her focus is only on living with her husband Sriharan and their daughter in London.
The Supreme Court had awarded death sentence in 1999.
In 1999, the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentence awarded to Nalini, her husband Sriharan and two others. In 2000, the Tamil Nadu government commuted Nalini’s death sentence to life imprisonment. Nalini and Sriharan are among the six convicts released on November 12 following the apex court’s order.
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