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Tamil Nadu government urges Madras High Court to dismiss writ petition filed by Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict for premature release

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Tamil Nadu government urges Madras High Court to dismiss writ petition filed by Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict for premature release

The Tamil Nadu government has urged the Madras High Court to dismiss the writ petition filed by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's assassination convict Nalini Sriharan seeking premature release.

The Tamil Nadu government said that cabinet recommendation is pending with the governor and a convict cannot seek such a benefit as a matter of right.

The state government had given a cabinet recommendation for the release of the seven Rajiv Gandhi convicts in 2018, and the governor is yet to decide on this recommendation.

Nalini Sriharan is a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and has served 28 years in prison. She also happens to be the lone survivor among the five members of the team which had plotted and executed the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.

Nalini Sriharan is currently out on 30-day parole for her daughter's wedding, which will end on August 26. This is Nalini's first-ever prolonged parole granted by the Madras High Court in 28 years.

The court has issued a set of guidelines to Nalini for the parole period. During the 30-day parole, Nalini is not allowed to leave Vellore and neither is she allowed to meet or speak to any media.

Many political parties in the state have demanded the release of the seven convicts on humanitarian grounds stating that these convicts are the longest-serving prisoners. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state has however objected to the release of the convicts alleging that it will set a bad precedent.