Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC rejects Nalini’s plea for release from prison

Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: SC rejects Nalini’s plea for release from prison

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini’s plea for release from jail.

Nalini, whose death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment in 2000, had moved the Supreme Court challenging Section 435(1) of Criminal Procedure Code that mandated Tamil Nadu government to consult the Centre before releasing seven life imprisonments in the case.

Nalini, along with six others, is currently lodged in Vellore Central Prison in Tamil Nadu.

The accused in the Rajiv assassination case were convicted by the trial court on January 28, 1998. All were awarded death penalty. But, the SC on May 11, 1999 upheld the death sentence for four and awarded various jail terms to many while acquitting some.

On February 18 this year, the apex court had commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan (both Sri Lankan Tamils) and AG Perarivalan on the ground of 11 years delay in deciding their mercy pleas by the Centre. Besides the three, Nalini, Robert Pious, Jayakumar and Ravichandran were the other four convicts whose release was announced by the Tamil Nadu government.

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