Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Nalini Sriharan and three other convicts released from jail | India News

NEW DELHI: Nalini Sriharan, her husband and two other convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case were released from Tamil Nadu prisons on Saturday evening.
Earlier today, Nalini Sriharan was taken for her routine signature procedure at Katpadi Police station.
Nalini Sriharan is among the seven persons accused of assassinating Rajiv Gandhi. This comes a day after the Supreme Court set free Nalini Sriharan, R P Ravichandran and four others serving life sentences in the assassination case.
Earlier on May 18, the apex court invoking its extraordinary power under Article 142 of the Constitution, ordered the release of Perarivalan, who had served over 30 years in jail.
Sriharan, Ravichandran, Santhan, Murugan, AG Perarivalan, Robert Payas and Jayakumar were sentenced to life terms and they have spent over 23 years in jail. Both Sriharan and Ravichandran have been on parole from December 27 last year till date as sanctioned by the state government under the Tamil Nadu Suspension of Sentence Rules, 1982, based on their request.
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government had favoured the premature release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convicts Sriharan and R P Ravichandran, saying its 2018 advice for remission of their life sentence is binding upon the governor. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu by a woman suicide bomber, identified as Dhanu, at a poll rally.
In its May 1999 order, the apex court upheld the death sentence of four convicts Perarivalan, Murugan, Santhan and Sriharan.
(With agency inputs)

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