Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, who is in prison for over 18 years, on Friday filed a petition in the Madras High Court seeking her premature release.
Nalini, along with three others, was awarded death penalty. In her petition, Nalini contended that Tamil Nadu Governor had allowed a clemency petition filed by her and on April 24, 2000, the state government issued an order commuting the death penalty to life imprisonment.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi had issued a public statement that she had no objection to her being pardoned, Nalini said adding that even Priyanka Gandhi had visited her in the Vellore prison, where she is lodged.
Nalini claimed that since the death sentence had been commuted to life imprisonment, she was required to complete 14 years of imprisonment for premature release as provided under section 433 (A) of the Criminal Procedure Code. She is entitled to be considered for premature release from June 18, 2005, the petition said.
Contending that her name had not figured for premature release in 2005, 2006 and 2007, she had requested the state government to consider her for early release.
However, her plea was rejected by the government on October 31, 2007.