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Apr 30, 2008 at 04:47pm IST

Rajiv killing: Conspirator appeals for early release

New Delhi: Nalini Sriharan, the 43-year-old conspirator in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, moved the Madras High Court on Wednesday seeking an early release. This is Nalini’s second appeal.

Earlier, Nalini had also written letters to Congress President Sonia Gandhi seeking her intervention for her release. Nalini has been serving a life term in the Vellore jail in Tamil Nadu.

The fresh plea comes weeks after her emotional meeting with Priyanka Gandhi.

Unnoticed and alone, Priyanka had paid a visit to Nalini, who is the only survivor of the group that assassinated Rajiv Gandhi.

It is believed that Priyanka wanted to find out why her father, “a good man”, was killed.

In a short press statement after the meeting, Priyanaka had played down the significance of the visit and described it as a purely personal one, which should be respected.

She had said, “I do not believe in anger, hatred and violence and I refuse to allow it any power over my life. The meeting with Nalini was my way of coming to peace with the violence and loss that I have experienced.”

Nalini’s lawyer S Doraisamy submitted the plea on her behalf. He maintained that it’s a pure coincidence that the plea comes after the highly publicised meeting with Priyanka.

However, reports suggest that Nailini has written five-six letters to Sonia Gandhi asking the Congress chief to intervene on her behalf.

Meanwhile, Priyanka's brother and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has said in the past that while he might not have joined his sister to meet Nalini, but he stands behind her.

“My sister and me have been brought up not to carry hatred with us,” Rahul had told CNN-IBN.

The Madras High Court admitted Nalini's petition and has asked the Tamil Nadu government to respond by June 10.

Nalini has already spent over 15 years at the Vellore jail.

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