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Book on Nalini, convict in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, released

Friday, Nov 25, 2016,13:47 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Chennai | A book on Nalini Sriharan, a convict serving life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, and one which deals with her 2008 meeting with the former Prime Minister’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra among others, was released today.

The book written in Tamil titled “Rajiv Kolai: Marikapatta Unmaigalum Priyanka Nalini Santhippum,” was released by MDMK founder Vaiko here in the presence of various pro-Tamil leaders including VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan.

Roughly translated into English, the title of the book means “Rajiv murder: Concealed truths and the Nalini-Priyanka meeting.”

Nalini, one of the seven convicts serving life term in the case, has already served 25 years in prison and is currently lodged at the high security Vellore Central jail.
She has reportedly discussed about Gandhi’s assassination in the book, the events that followed including the police interrogation, and has reportedly dedicated a substantial part for her 2008 meeting with Priyanka at the Vellore prison in the almost 500-page book, compiled by Pa Egalaivan.

Nalini was arrested on June 14, 1991 in connection with the assassination of the former Prime Minister by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at nearby Sriperumbudur.

The Supreme Court had awarded death penalty to four of the 26 persons, including Nalini and her husband Murugan, found guilty in the case. It had also sentenced three others to life imprisonment.

Nalini’s sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the Tamil Nadu Governor in 2000.
The death penalty of the three others, Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan was commuted to life by the apex court on February 18, 2014 on the ground of inordinate delay in disposing of their mercy petitions by the President.

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