The Madras High Court on Monday ordered notice to the State on a plea moved by Rajiv Gandhi assassination case life convict Nalini Sriharan seeking to personally appear in a case and argue for grant of six months ordinary leave to arrange for the marriage of her daughter.
Lodged in Vellore Prison, Nalini had moved an habeas corpus plea seeking ordinary leave to plan for the wedding of her daughter, who is living with her grandparents in London.
She submitted that she had not availed any ordinary leave during her stay in prison for the past 27 years. Despite this, her representation to DIG, Vellore Range, which was reportedly forwarded to the government, is still pending. This, she said was a violation of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution.
She also cited the plea of her mother Padmavathi on March 22 under Tamil Nadu Suspension of Sentence Rules, 1982, to authorities, including IG of Prisons and Superintendent of Prisons, Special Prison for Women, Vellore, which has been kept pending.
As her plea as well as that of her mother failing to evoke any response, she sought a direction to the government and prison authorities to produce her before the court, enabling her to present her case personally and to argue the habeas corpus plea as a party-in-person.