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Priyanka didn't meet Nalini: Jail official

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May 02, 2008 at 09:20pm IST

New Delhi: The reported meeting between Priyanka Vadhera and Nalini Sriharan, one of the convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, is generating more controversy.

Now superintendent of Vellore Central Prison Rajasoundari has denied reports that Priyanka met Nalini.

The superintendent made the denial in reply to an Right to Information appeal filed by Nalini's lawyer S Doraiswamy.

The meeting between Priyanka and Nalini reportedly took place in the Vellore Central Prison on March 19.

In fact Priyanka herself confirmed that she met Nalini.

Nalini's lawyer's contention is that the reply from the jail superintendent was sent on April 11 and that he received the details of the RTI on April 22 and that too after reports of the meeting were published in the media.

Doraiswamy has filed a case with the state information commission now and also accused the jail superintendent of giving false information in response to the RTI application.

"The superintendent says no one visited Nalini on March 19. But Priyanka Vadhera and AICC (All India Congress Committee) have admitted to the visit. CM Karunanidhi has admitted in Assembly that the visit took place. The jail superintendent denies any meeting took place. This is false information. There is no information in the jail records of a meeting. There should be. The Center or state government may have directed jail authorities not to make an entry. We are asking the superintendent to be punished for giving false information," he said.

So the question is if Priyanka herself has acknowledged her meeting with Nalini, her father's killer, why is the jail superintendent denying that?

Priyanka had said, "It is true that I met Nalini Sriharan in Vellore jail on March 19, 2008. It was my way of coming to peace with the violence and loss that I have experienced."

But the jail superintendent of Vellore Central Prison says, "No meeting took place between Priyanka and Nalini in the jail on March 19."

It was a reply sent on April 11, almost a month after the meeting actually took place.

It's a contradiction that throws up some very important questions:

  • Why is the superintendent lying about the meeting?
  • If Priyanka herself admits that she met Nalini, why are there no official records of this meeting?
  • Most importantly, did Priyanka go to the jail herself or was Nalini brought out of the Vellore jail?
  • In both the instances, law has been violated, who is responsible for it?

The jail superintendent made the denial in reply to a RTI appeal filed by Nalini's lawyer.

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