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Rajiv Gandhi’s killers released: Nalini released from jail after 29 years said – I am not a terrorist

New Delhi: The killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi have been released. The Supreme Court on Friday gave its verdict on the applications of Ravichandran and Nalini Sriharan. Nalini told News18, I know I am not a terrorist. Nalini said, ‘I was rotting in jail for so many years. I thank those who supported me. I thank the people and lawyers of Tamil Nadu for putting their trust in me. Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government had told the SC that it was in favor of the premature release of Nalini Sriharan and RP Ravichandran, who are serving life sentences in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. After the application was rejected by the Madras High Court, he approached the Supreme Court. A bench of Justices BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna based the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of another convict, AG Perivalan. On 18 May, in exercise of the powers conferred under Article 142 of the Constitution, the release of Perivalan was ordered.

Sriharan, Ravichandran, Santhan, Murugan, AG Perivalan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar were sentenced to life imprisonment. Perivalan was released after spending more than 30 years in prison. Both Nalini and Ravichandran have been on parole since December 27 last year.

Congress said, SC’s decision is wrong

SC’s decision to free other killers of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is unacceptable and completely wrong. Congress criticizes it and considers it completely unforgivable. It is unfortunate that the SC did not act in the spirit of India.

Jairam Ramesh, Congress MP

Death sentence already converted to life imprisonment
All of them were convicted under TADA in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The death sentence of 25, including Nalini, was heard by the Special Court of TADA in 1998, but the Supreme Court acquitted 19 convicts, while upholding the death sentence of four and Nalini’s name was also among them. The other three were given life sentences. Later, in 2000, the Tamil Nadu government commuted Nalini’s sentence to life imprisonment. The rest of the sentence was also converted into life imprisonment.

Rajiv Gandhi Assassination: Rajiv Gandhi’s killers will be released from jail, Supreme Court orders release of 6 convicts including Nalini
In 2018, the AIADMK cabinet had recommended to the governor to release all the seven convicts who were serving life imprisonment, but this was not allowed by the governor, but in the meantime, one convict Perarivalan was given the power of Article-142 by the Supreme Court. was ordered to be released using After this, Nalini and the other accused approached the Madras High Court on the ground that they should also be released, but after not getting relief, approached the Supreme Court.

Indian woman who spent the longest time in jail
Nalini, 55, is the longest-serving female prisoner in the country. She was behind bars since 1993. During this time she came out only twice. For the first time in 2016, she was out of jail for 12 hours for her father’s funeral. Then in July 2019, he got a parole of 51 days for the marriage of the daughter.

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