The Supreme Court Friday ordered the release of Nalini Sriharan and R P Ravichandran who are serving life imprisonment in connection with the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, reported news agency PTI.
Nalini, who is currently out on parole, had moved the apex court seeking early release from prison after the Madras High Court had turned down her plea.
Nalini’s petition was filed after the Supreme Court on May 18 ordered the release of A G Perarivalan — another convict who had served more than 30 years in jail — by exercising its special powers under the Constitution’s Article 142. The Article enables the top court to pass orders to ensure “complete justice” in a case. Nalini cited Perarivalan’s case as she sought similar relief.
Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was killed by an LTTE suicide bomber, Dhanu, at an election meeting in Tamil Nadu’s Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.