Nalini fears threat to life, probe ordered

Tamil Nadu govt has appointed a committee to look into the allegations by Nalini.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Government has appointed a committee headed by a top prison official to look into the allegations by Nalini, serving life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case that her life was under threat in jail.

The committee headed by DIG of Prisons (Coimbatore)
Govindarajan would also go into her other charges, including
harassment by jail officials at the high-security Vellore
Women`s Prison, where she is lodged.

Announcing this in the Assembly, Law Minister Durai
Murugan said the committee, which would also comprise a woman
prison official, was expected to submit its report soon.

"Nalini has petitioned officials regarding some grievances
and made some allegations. The committee was formed early this
month following her complaints and grievances. This committee
will verify the charges and submit a report soon," he said in
response to a query by C Gnasekaran (Congress).

Nalini had recently written to ADGP (Prisons) K R
Shyamsundar alleging her life was under threat and complained
of assault by prison authorities. She also claimed attempts
were being made to poison her food.

In a separate letter to him, she also alleged her cell had
not been cleaned for days and expressed fears of officials
`planting` something there to recover it, apparently hinting
at the recovery of a mobile phone from her cell last month.

On May 10, the government had informed the state assembly
that she had made calls to foreign countries, including Sri
Lanka and Britain, from a mobile phone seized from her cell.

Tamil Nadu Government had rejected the plea of Nalini and
three other convicts in the case for premature release based
on a report by the prison advisory board. Later, her plea for
release under general amnesty was also turned down by the
Madras High Court.


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