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The Madras High Court today granted Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict S Nalini, 30 days ordinary leave to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.
Parole has been granted subject to Nalini complying with the statutory conditions regarding furnishing the name, address etc. of her sureties as well as details of the place of her stay. The leave period will commence once the authorities verify these details. Further, she is also to refrain from meeting political parties or interacting with the media during her parole period.
The Bench of Justices MM Sundaresh and B Nirmal Kumar passed an order to this effect today afternoon after hearing submissions made by Nalini in person. Last week the Bench had allowed a request made by Nalini to appear in person to argue her case.
On being produced before the Court this afternoon, Nalini tearfully read out her submissions in Tamil. Inter alia, she also sought the Court’s leave for parole given that her father-in-law was suffering from cancer. However, this aspect was not factored in too deeply by the Court given that it was raised for the first time today.
In any case, the Court found that the request made by Nalini for parole to attend her daughter’s wedding was genuine. Further, it noted that such a ground has been recognised as a statutory ground for grant of parole in the prison rules. Whereas Nalini had initially sought six months leave in her plea, Public Prosecutor A Natarajan pointed out that the statutory upper limit for parole is one month.
Accordingly, the Court granted Nalini ordinary leave for 30 days. The Court also took judicial notice of the fact that the Tamil Nadu Government has already recommended that she be allowed premature release. This recommendation is pending with the Governor for approval.
Further, the costs of the security escort for Nalini during her parole period will be borne by the state, the Court ordered. The Court gave this direction after finding merit in Nalini’s submission that she would be unable to bear the costs herself.
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