Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins to get MCA degrees

Last Updated: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 19:15

Chennai: Nalini and her husband Murugan, both serving life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, will soon receive Master in Computer Application (MCA) degrees from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

"Nalini has performed well in her final year MCA exams with first class. She cleared all subjects with good marks. Her husband, who is doing his final semester, also performed well and are expected to clear the course very soon," IGNOU Regional Director K Panneerselvam told reporters.

"She (Nalini) is the topper among those inmates who took the MCA degree along with her," he said.

Stating that Nalini would be the first prisoner in Tamil Nadu to complete MCA, he said the couple had been consistently performing well in previous semesters also.

"We have requested our Vice-Chancellor to confer the degree on Nalini in the Jail complex itself," he said.

Currently, Nalini and Murugan are lodged in the high security prison at Vellore.

On September 11, Nalini had filed a petition in the Madras High Court, seeking premature release. She said she was required to serve 14 years of imprisonment to become entitled for premature release under
Sec 433(a) of CrPC, which she completed on June 18, 2005.

In her petition, Nalini contended that the Governor had
allowed her clemency petition and the state government, by an
April 24, 2000 order, had commuted the death penalty to life

Nalini was restored `A` class facility in prison on
September 3 by Additional Special Judge court for Tada Cases,
a facility which she enjoyed till the end of January 1998.

In her petition seeking restoration of the facility she
said based on her educational qualification (MA), she enjoyed
`A` class facility from January, 1992 till Jan 28, 1998 the
day the TADA court had pronounced its verdict in the case.

Nalini said that in addition to her MA degree, she had
also done MCA and a few certificate courses through the Indira
Gandhi National Open University.

To a question, Panneerselvam said IGNOU is in talks with
the Tamil Nadu Government to set up a permanent study centre
in the Puzhal, Cuddalore and Palayankotai jail complexes.

"Currently, we have study centres in Coimbatore, Salem,
Madurai and Tiruchirapalli prison complexes," he added.

Paneerselvam also said IGNOU was not charging fees for
inmates registering for a course with the institute. "We are
encouraging them to take up many of our courses," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 19:15

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