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The Madras High Court today granted a 30-day parole to Robert Payas, one of the seven convicts serving a life term for assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

A Division Bench comprising Justice M M Sundaresh and RMT Teekaa Raman granted 30 days parole (ordinary leave) on a petition filed by the convict seeking permission to make arrangements for the marriage of his son, who is residing in The Netherlands.

The conditions of the parole include a bar on him interacting with the media, political parties or personalities and an undertaking to keep good conduct and not disrupt public peace.

The petitioner had in his plea in September, submitted that he has been in prison since 16 August 1991 and has completed actual imprisonment of more than 28 years.

Earlier, another life convict S Nalini was granted 30 days parole to make arrangements for her daughter’s marriage and it was further extended by further 21 days. However, her plea for another extension was rejected by the court.

Similarly, another convict A G Perarivalan was granted a month parole on November 12 to be with his ailing father. Perarivalan was granted 30 days parole (ordinary leave) to meet his ailing father and to attend his sister’s wedding at Krishnagiri.

Payas and six other people — Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, S Jayakumar and Nalini — are serving life term in connection with the assassination of Gandhi by a suicide bomber at an election rally in Tamilnadu on 21 May 1991.