Chennai: The Madras High Court Monday
directed the Tamil Nadu Government to file its counter within two weeks on a review petition by Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, against a court verdict
rejecting her plea for premature release.
In her petition, 44-year-old Nalini has sought review
of the division bench order on April 6 rejecting her plea for
premature release under the general amnesty scheme.
When the matter came up before a bench comprising
Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and D Hariparanthaman today, counsel
M Radhakrishnan appeared for Nalini.
The Bench asked Advocate General P S Raman to file the
counter within two weeks.
The court had held that Nalini had committed the crime
in a cunning and meticulous manner which killed the former
prime minister in Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991.
"So she cannot seek premature release as a right,
though she does have the right to seek consideration of her
plea," the bench had said.
Gandhi was killed in a suicide bomb attack by LTTE
when he was about to address an election rally.
Nalini was sentenced to death by a special court along
with 25 others in January 1998 in the assassination case and
the Supreme Court had confirmed the capital punishment for her
and three others.
But, her death penalty was commuted to life by the
state government on April 24, 2000, allowing a clemency
petition. In 2007, she had unsuccesfully appealed for
Nalini has on November 8 filed another petition in the
high court challenging the March 24 order of the state
government rejecting her plea for premature release under the
Prison Advisory Board scheme.