Five of the six life-term prisoners in the 1991 Rajiv Gandhi assassination case — Nalini Sriharan, her husband Murugan, and Santhan, Robert Payas, and Jayakumar — were formally released from Tamil Nadu jails on Saturday night, one day after the Supreme Court ordered their release. Additionally, RP Ravichandran, a prisoner, was soon to be released.
After coming out, she added, “It’s a new life for me with my husband and daughter.” She said, “I thank Tamil people for supporting me, but I will not enter public life. The federal and state governments were also thanked.
One of the seven prisoners was released in May thanks to the Supreme Court’s extraordinary powers, AG Perarivalan. On November 11, the court declared that the same order applied to the remainder. It was stated that the Governor was bound by the Tamil Nadu cabinet’s 2018 recommendation that the prisoners be released.
Nalini Sriharan, who was already on parole, went to the neighbourhood police station this morning to fulfil her requirement to be there. Nalini was released from the Vellore special prison for women after completing the necessary procedures, and she then travelled to the central prison to wait for the release of her husband V Sriharan, also known as Murugan, and Santhan.