Tamil Nadu government, on Wednesday, filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against Constitution bench order in Rajiv Gandhi assassins’ remission case.
Madras High Court on July 20 had declined to entertain a plea by Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Her plea stated that a life convict is required to stay in jail for 20 years, while she had completed 25 years and requested a pre-mature release on the same.
She was arrested on June 14, 1991 and has already served over 25 years. She was first given the death sentence but considering the birth of her female child and a mercy petition filed by Sonia Gandhi in 2000, her punishment was changed to life imprisonment.
Nalini claims that only four of the accused were given the death penalty while three were given life imprisonment out of the 26 people that were convicted in the assassination.
Justice M Sathyanarayana in response to Sriharan’s plea said that seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to consider her plea under Article 161 of the Constitution cannot be granted until the litigation before apex court reached finality.