After coming out of jail, Nalini thanked the state and central government and said that she has no intention of joining public life. She is going to make a fresh start with her husband and baby girl. Nalini Sriharan, convicted in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and five others were released from jail on Saturday (November 12, 2022) evening. After coming out of jail, Nalini thanked the state and central government and said that she has no intention of joining public life. She is going to make a fresh start with her husband and baby girl.
A day earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered the release of six convicts serving life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. Congress is very angry about this decision of the court. However, Sonia Gandhi has already forgiven Nalini and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also met Nalini once. Besides Nalini, her husband Murugan, Santhan, Robert Payas, and Jayakumar were formally released from prisons in Tamil Nadu. At the same time, the convict RP Ravichandran is also going to be released anytime.
Coming out of jail, Nalini said that she will start a new life with her husband and daughter. “I thank the Tamil people for supporting me,” she added. In May, the Supreme Court, using special powers, acquitted AG Perarivalan, one of the seven convicts. The court said on November 11 that the same order applies to the rest. Let us inform you that the Tamil Nadu cabinet had recommended to the Governor in 2018 that the convicts be released and the Governor is bound by it.
Murugan and Santhan are both Sri Lankan nationals, and after their release from prison, they were taken in a police vehicle to a refugee camp in Tiruchirappalli in the state. Two other Sri Lankan nationals, Robert Payas and Jayakumar, who were released from Puzhal jail, were also taken to a refugee camp to live there. The convict Perarivalan and his mother Arputhammal, who was released in May, are already there. It is not yet clear whether Nalini will stay in Chennai or go to London to be with her daughter.
News agency PTI quoted Nalini’s lawyer as saying that she would take a decision on it. Ordering the release of all of them, the Supreme Court said that the convicts have shown satisfactory behavior in the jail, while living here they studied and obtained degrees, wrote books, and also participated in social service.