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Rahul says his family does not carry hatred

MP Rahul Gandhi says his family does not hold any grudges against the convict.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2008 04:44 PM IST

Echoing his sister Priyanka's view over her initiative to meet one of the conspirators in their father Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said his family did not carry hatred and anger.

"I have a different way of looking at these things. I don't have a problem either," Gandhi told reporters here.

He was replying to a query on whether he too would, like his sister Priyanka Vadra, meet Nalini Sriharan, who is serving life sentence in Vellore Jail, Tamil Nadu, after she was convicted of having conspired to kill Rajiv Gandhi.

"We don't carry hatred. We don't carry anger. It's not an exercise. She felt that she wanted to go and see the person. She has been feeling it for some time," Gandhi said.

Priyanka has created a flutter by meeting Nalini in Vellore Jail last month.

Nalini was sentenced to death in the assassination case, but her sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment after Sonia Gandhi pleaded for clemency for the sake of the convict's daughter.

The issue of Priyanka meeting Nalini in the Vellore jail came to the fore with a city lawyer, D Rajkumar, seeking queries from the prison authorities by invoking provisions under Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Priyanka was in Vellore on March 19 to pay obeisance at the newly constructed Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple.

Rajkumar, in his application to the Superintendent of Prisons, had asked whether it was true that Priyanka met Nalini? And if so under which legal provisions was she allowed to meet the convict and who accompanied her?

Vellore jail authorities, when contacted by PTI today, declined to comment saying that they would reply to the RTI petition filed by Rajkumar.

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