One of the convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, S Nalini on Sunday returned to Vellore Central Prison after the expiry of her 51-day parole.
As police and prison officials came to escort her back to the prison, Nalini was given a tearful send off by her family members and relatives. Though the convict had been staying along with her mother at Sathuvachari in Vellore ever since she was granted leave and had been taking steps to make arrangements for the marriage, nothing fruitful could be achieved so far due to the delay in the arrival of her mother-in-law from Sri Lanka due to visa related issues, she said.
Since her father-in-law was a cancer patient, she said her mother-in-law’s presence was essential to complete the arrangements. She submitted that her mother-in-law would get the visa soon and arrive by the third week of September and prayed for extending her ordinary leave till October 15. Though she had made a representation in this regard to the Vellore prison officials on September 4, it was rejected on September five following which filed the present petition.
When her plea to extend the parole further till October 15 to make arrangements for her daughter’s marriage came up for hearing on September 12, a Division Bench comprising Justices M M Sundresh and RMT Teekka Raman declined to extend it.
Nalini was earlier granted one-month parole (Ordinary leave) on July 25 and it was extended by three weeks on August 22. Since the extended parole was to expire on September 15, she moved the present plea seeking extension its till October 15. Refusing her plea, the Bench said, ‘’We have already granted enough leave and it cannot be extended any further.’’
‘’We cannot go beyond the rule and keep extending the leave,’’ the Bench added. On a suggestion from the Bench, Nalini’s counsel M Radhakrishnan withdrew the plea following which it was dismissed as withdrawn.