File photo: Nalini Sriharan (Right) Photograph:( Zee News Network )
The Supreme Court had confirmed capital punishment for the accused in May 1999, however, the punishment was commuted to life sentence by the State government in April 2000.
Nalini Sriharan, India’s longest-serving woman prisoner and convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has been released on a month-long ordinary parole from Vellore central prison today.
Madras high court on July 5 granted parole to Nalini to make arrangements for her daughter's wedding. Nalini's daughter Harithra Sriharan, who was born in prison and is currently a medical practitioner in London.
This is her first such leave in 28 years of incarceration. Nalini was granted 12-hour parole in 2016 to attend the last rites of her father P Sankara Narayanan.
Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated at Sriperumbudur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu in May 1991 and a special court for Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) cases had sentenced Nalini, who was then the only surviving accused present in the assassination, and other convicts to death in January 1998.