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Sonia should take a stand on Nalini's premature plea: Swamy

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi should take a stand on the request of Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, for premature release from prison.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2010 15:19 IST

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy on Thursday said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi should take a stand on the request of Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi Assassination case, for premature release from prison.

'She (Gandhi) should realise that Nalini has committed a huge crime,' Swamy, who has moved the Madras High Court opposing the setting up of the Vellore Prison Advisory Board to consider Nalini's plea, told reporters here.

The board, headed by the District Collector, had met on January 20 last to hear the plea of Nalini, whose death sentence in the case was commuted to life term in 1999.

Besides Nalini, imprisoned for the last 19 years, the Board has heard the pleas of two other convicts in the case, Jayakumar and Robert Payas, seeking their premature release.

Chief Minister M Karunanidhi had yesterday said the state government cannot take any unilateral decision on Nalini's request as it had to be discussed at the national level.

Swamy also opposed Nalani's plea seeking the court's pemission to argue in person on his petition, saying being a convict she should not be allowed to do so.

Referring to the ''Mumbai for Marathis'' stand of Shiv Sena, he described it as 'ridiculous' and said even Maharashtrians would not support this kind of 'fanatic views'.

''I had been an MP from Mumbai for two terms. Maharastrians voted for me... this shows Mahastrians will not support any kind of fanaticism,'' he said.