Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination life convict Nalini Sriharan has attempted suicide at the Vellore Women’s Prison.
According to reports,, there was reportedly a spat between Nalini and another life convict housed in the cell.
Subsequently, the other life convict complained to the jailer about the incident and wanted to be shifted from the block.
When the jailer went to the cell to conduct an inquiry on Monday night, Nalini allegedly threatened to end her life and the prison staff prevented her from doing so.
Nalini’s advocate Pugazhendi has reportedly said Nalini took this extreme step only after a prison warder intervened in the argument between Nalini and another inmate.
Last month, the Madras High Court ordered notice to the Tamil Nadu prison authorities on a plea by Nalini’s mother alleging that her daughter was not allowed to meet her husband Murugan for the past three months ‘in violation’ of rules.
Admitting the petition by S Padma, a division bench of Justices MM Sundresh and D Krishnakumar directed the state prison officials to file their response.
In her petition, Nalini’s mother claimed though the prison manual allowed such meeting once in a fortnight, the authorities did not permit her daughter to meet her husband in the last three months.
She submitted that her son-in-law Murugan has resorted to “hunger strike” since June 1 over the issue and hence, his life was in ‘danger’. The petitioner wanted the court to direct the prison authorities to permit Nailni to meet her husband Murugan regularly as per the rules.