Chennai, July 5 : The Madras High Court on Thursday granted one month parole to S Nalini, one of the seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.Earlier, she was produced before the Madras High Court to argue her parole plea in person.
Vellore Prison authorities produced Nalini before a Division Bench comprising Justices M M Sundresh and M Nirmal Kumar when her plea, seeking parole (Ordinary leave) for six months to make arrangements for her daughter's marriage and also to argue the case in person, came up for hearing.
During the arguments, the state government submitted that a maximum of one month parole only be granted to her at a time, to which Nalini argued that one month would not suffice and that she needed six months leave.
Nalini said she and her husband Murugan, were in jail for the last 28 years and that her daughter was also born in prison.Turning emotional, she said as parents they could not bring up their daughter with love and affection and that she was brought up by family elders.
She also said that she had come on parole thrice based on court orders and that during the last parole granted for her father's death she had paid Rs 16,300 per day to the government.
After hearing both sides, the court granted one month parole to Nalini. The Court had on June 25 directed the Superintendent of Vellore central prison to produce her in the court after rejecting all kinds of security apprehensions raised by the prison officials in ensuring her physical presence.
Though the prison authorities suggested that the hearing could be conducted through video conferencing, the judges insisted on her consent for following such a procedure.
However, when told by the State that she rejected the suggestion, they directed the prison officials to produce her in court since every litigant had the right to argue in person.
During the earlier hearing on June 11, the Court sought to know what hurdles were there in producing her before the court, since she wanted to argue her in-person.