The Tamil Nadu government has on Thursday awarded one month parole for Nalini Sriharan, who has been serving incarceration for the past three decades after being convicted for assassinating the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. She is one of the seven convicts serving the life sentence and she has now been given a month of ordinary parole to look after her ailing mother.
The parole has come after her mother had made repeated requests to the state government to have her daughter around her as she was battling an ill-health condition. After her requests, the government has granted her parole for a month. According to reports, State Public Prosecutor (SPP) Hasan Mohammed Jinnah has on Thursday - December 23 informed the Madras High Court that the state government has granted a month's ordinary parole for Nalini.
Nalini, who is the longest-serving woman prisoner in India, is currently been lodged at the Special Prison for Women at Vellore. The SPP has made the submission that Nalini was granted parole when Nalini's mother Padma's petition came up before a division bench of justices PN Prakash and R Hemalatha. Padma had sought the order from the court to Tamil Nadu's Home Secretary, directing the latter to award parole based on her requests.
The petitioner, Padma, has said that she wanted to have Nalini by her side since she was ailing. She was represented by advocate M Radhakrishnan and he said that after marking the submission from the SPP that Nalini is granted with parole, the High Court bench had closed the petition. As she is going to walk out of the prison after two years, Nalini will be staying at a house at Sathuvachari in Vellore, the same place where she had resided with her family members when he was out on parole in 2019.
It must be noted that this is the second time that Nalini is getting ordinary parole. The government had awarded month parole for Nalini in July 2019 and it was later extended by twenty days after the intervention of the Madras High Court. She had rented a house in Sathuvachari in Vellore, where she will be staying now. She has been imprisoned in the assassination case since 1991 along with six other convicts including her husband Sriharan alias Murugan. Besides pleading for parole, she has been fighting for a complete release from prison.