Nalini walks out of jail on parole

Nalini Sriharan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, walked out of Vellore Jail today on a month’s leave to make arrangements for and attend her daughter Harithra’s wedding. 

Nalini has been released on a 30-day parole from the Vellore jail. Nalini had sought parole for 30 days to arrange for her daughter’s wedding. Nalini had sought parole for 6 months but has been granted 30 days.

On July 5, the high court had granted one month parole to Nalini after she argued in person her plea seeking the relief to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.

Nalini, the country’s longest serving woman prisoner, came out of the jail escorted by a 16-member police team around 10 am. Armed force deputy superintendent of police Manimaran led the team.

The team took her to Pulavar Nagar at Sathuvachari, Vellore, where she is going to stay till August 25 till her parole ends. She had been asked to appear before the inspector of the Sathuvacheri police station daily and sign in the register as per the parole condition.

Nalini will remain in Vellore town, which is around 140 kilometres from Chennai, where her family has hired a house at Sathuvachari for the wedding. She will live here for a month with her daughter Harithra Sriharan, mother Padmavati, sister Kalyani and brother Bhagyanathan, among other relatives.

The court had directed that the state government bear the escort expenses for her. In the 28 years of her incarceration, Nalini had been given only a day’s parole before when she attended the last rites of her father.