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