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CHENNAI: More than seven months after an advisory board rejected her plea for premature release for the second time, Nalini Sriharan, serving life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has approached the Madras high court again seeking early release.

Justice M Sathyanarayanan, before whom the petition filed by Nalini came up for admission on Monday, asked the government to submit its response by November 30.

Nalini, who is in jail for more than 19 years now, has said that on March 24 the state government issued an order accepting an advisory board's recommendation and rejecting her plea for premature release. Urging the court to quash the order, Nalini said: "Instead of considering the object of premature release, reformation and rehabilitation of the prisoner concerned, the state has unfortunately considered the nature of the crime committed by a life convict, for which she has been punished in accordance with law."

She also stated that the Tamil Nadu government had ignored the observations of the Supreme Court in the Maru Ram Vs Union of India case, and the observations of the apex court judge, Justice KT Thomas, in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Instead of considering these judicial observations and the object of the premature release scheme in proper perspective, the government had heavily relied on the observations of the advisory board for rejectiong her request, the petition said.

The advisory board had stated that the crime committed by her was heinous in nature and she had harboured the prime accused involved in the assassination of the former prime minister. It also concluded that Nalini was part of the conspiracy. However, Justice Thomas, in the judgment in assassination case, had observed that Nalini was not aware of the assassination plot till the last minute.

This is Nalini's second writ petition seeking the high court's intervention for her early release. On October 31, 2007 the government first rejected her plea. When she challenged the decision, the high court passed an order on September 24, 2009, directing the government to re-constitute the board as per law and pass an order after considering all relevant factors. After the reconstituted board too rejected her plea, the government issued an order on March 24 this year accepting the recommendation.

Sourcs: Times of India
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  • Cobra Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:35 PM

    How about a protest march demanding her release too!!!!!!

    DEEN Wednesday, 10 November 2010 01:03 PM

    THE BIG SHARKS WHO AIDED AND ABETTED TO DO THE CRIME ARE MINISTERS IN OUR GOVERNMENT. UNFORTUNATELY THIS POOR GIRL HAS GOT TRAPPED.
    WHAT A PITY ?

    the undertaker Wednesday, 10 November 2010 01:25 PM

    LET HER BE PARDON BY THE JUDGE ON HUMARITIAN GROUNDS- MAY HER PUNSHMENT REST IN PEACE NOW

    Karthik Thursday, 11 November 2010 10:11 AM

    What did she do to be detained for 17 years?

    gUL fERNANDO Thursday, 11 November 2010 06:25 AM

    Why cant we senf Mr Ravi K and Dr Jayalath J to discuss the matter with Indain government

    sangeetha Wednesday, 10 November 2010 03:44 PM

    justice should always be tempered with mercy!

    polkiccha Wednesday, 10 November 2010 06:50 PM

    if this woman is freed will she join mainstream politics????

    kumar Wednesday, 10 November 2010 09:01 PM

    She can come to Sri Lanka, go to the Rajapaksas, receive the "dhamma" pardon, a few tickets to the newly opened casinos along with the sanga and be seated with the Karunas, KPs and others !!

    sam Wednesday, 10 November 2010 09:14 PM

    Execute her..

    perera Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:19 PM

    THROW AWAY THE KEY

    demon Wednesday, 10 November 2010 10:35 AM

    Poor soul,,,

    asoka abeywardena Thursday, 11 November 2010 02:18 AM

    If some one from her family ask for a pardon...?

    Sinnai Thursday, 11 November 2010 03:58 PM

    Nalini will never get released from prison until Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka dies. It is a revenge by Ghandi family

    Sira Wednesday, 10 November 2010 12:28 PM

    Best is to adminster the death penalty, no necessity to delay any further, it is a mockery to a fare trial. She should have seen all of this coming when she joined the LTTE.


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