Nalini released from Vellore prison on parole
Tamil Nadu

Nalini released from Vellore prison on parole


Chennai, July 25: Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, came out of Vellore prison for women on one-moth on parole on Thursday to supervise arrangement for the marriage of her daughter Harithra born in jail and in London now with her grandmother.

Nalini’s husband Sriharan alias Murugan who facilitated safe houses and other logistic arrangements for killers Sivarasan and Dhanu in Chennai and who is now a fellow life convict, has however not sought bail.

Nalini’s mother Padma, a nurse, who also was convicted and who has already completed her sentence is still in Chennai. But Harithra , 28, has chosen to stay with her paternal grandmother.

Sriharan alias Murugan , a hardcore member of the LTTE which carried out the assassination, lured Nalini into the trap by staying in her house and later married her when they were on the run. Their daughter was born in Vellore prison.

That was one reason why the Tamil Nadu Governor, on a petition by Sonia Gandhi commuted her death sentence to life. Sonia did not want their daughter to be orphaned as Murugan was also in the death row then.

Nalini, who was 24 when she went to jail and is now 52, moved the Madras High Court for a six month parole for her daughter’s wedding. The court on July 5, however granted one month-parole on condition that she should stay in Vellore and she should not interact with media or with politicians.

Nalini, who came out at 10 p.m. was taken in a police van to a house where she will be staying. It belongs to a functionary of Dravidaya Iyakka Peravai. Besides Nalini and Murugan, five others are serving life term in this case. They are Santhan, SG Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Ravichandran.

Only Nalini, Perarivalan and Ravichandran are Indian nationals. The rest are Sri Lankan Tamils belonging to the LTTE.