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I want to be a social worker: Rajiv Gandhi's assassin

delhi Updated: Jan 31, 2010 11:49 IST

Nalini, serving life sentence in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, dreams of being a social worker if she is released from Vellore Central Prison where she has been lodged for the last 19 years.

Nalini, who has sought premature release, does not want to go back to her family life and wants to work for women, her counsel S Duraisamy said.

"She will not go back to family life. She wants to become a social worker and work for the poor and downtrodden women," S Duraisamy, counsel for Nalini since 1991, quoting her said.

Duraisamy was replying to questions sent by PTI for Nalini.

Asked about Priyanka Gandhi's visit to Nalini in 2008, he said they had spent nearly an hour together discussing a number of issues.

"Priyanka had a misconception that Nalini might be knowing the reason as to why her father was killed. But then since Nalini did not know anything, they ended up discussing their children's schooling and all."

Exercising his right to information, an applicant has asked information about the final status of the assassination case among other details.

In reply, the agency said, "The MDMA has been conducting further investigation in RC 9 (S)/1991-SCB/MAS (Rajiv Gandhi Assassination Case) after obtaining necessary permission from the designated TADA Court, Chennai u/s 173 (B) CrPC. Further investigation is still in progress."

On being asked about the status of culprits, it said "TADA court, vide its judgement dated January 28, 1998 awarded death penalty to all 26 accused. On appeals made by the convicts, the Supreme Court, vide its judgement dated May 11, 1999 confirmed death penalty of four, namely, Nalini, T Suthentharajan alias Santha, V Sriharan alias Murugan alias Thas alias Thas alias Indi Master and G Perarivalan alias Arivu.

"On mercy petitions filed by Nalini, her death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by Governor of Tamil Nadu in 2004. The mercy petitions of remaining three death convicts are still under consideration with the President of India," it said.

The CBI said, out of the four life convicts, 3 -- Nalini, B Robert Payas and S Jayakumar -- and three death convicts T Suthentharaja, V Sriharan and G Perarivalan are lodged in Vellore Jail.

"The remaining one convict, namely, P Ravi Chandra alias Ravi alias Pragasam is lodged in Madurai Jail," it said in reply to the RTI application.