Rajiv killing: Murugan`s daughter appeals to Sonia

The daughter of Murugan, one of the three convicts on death row for their role in the killing of former PM Rajiv Gandhi, Thursday appealed to Congress President Sonia Gandhi to intervene.

Last Updated: Sep 01, 2011, 18:56 PM IST

London: The daughter of Murugan, one of the
three convicts on death row for their role in the killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Thursday appealed to Congress
President Sonia Gandhi to intervene and save her father`s
life.

In a letter, Haritha, who is doing her 2nd year in
Biomedicine in a Glasgow University, said "I truly believe my
dad is innocent".

Haritha said, "I would like to specially thank Sonia Gandhi as she saved my Mum before. I have lived without my parents for 20 years. It is a pain no one should go through. I hope you understand my feelings. My Dad means a lot to me.
"I truly believe he is innocent. If you could help (to
save his life) it would be truly wonderful. I will always
remain grateful to you."

Haritha`s parents were arrested days after the murder of
Rajiv in May 1991.

She was born to the couple -Nalini and Murugan- in prison
in January 1992 and has met them only once since then.
As a baby, she was taken to Sri Lanka and grew up under
the care of her paternal grandmother.

Haritha`s mother Nalini`s death sentence was commuted a
decade ago after appeals for clemency.
But her father, Murugan, is one of three men still on
death row for the murder.

Madras High Court has ordered an interim, eight-week stay
on the execution of three killers.

The Tamil Nadu Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution
urging the President to reconsider their mercy petitions.

PTI