Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Rajiv killing: Nalini faces fresh hurdles

Nalini Murugan's quest for release from her life sentence for involvement in the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi met a fresh roadblock yesterday following a writ petition filed by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, an Indian news agency reported.

In an application to be heard by a Chennai High Court bench comprising Chief Justice A.K. Ganguly and Ibrahim Khalifullah, Mr. Swamy challenged the fresh advisory panel constituted to go into the merits of her plea for release.

On Sep 24, Judge Nagamuthu upheld Nalini's contention that the government had mindlessly rejected her demand for release and ordered the reconstitution of another advisory panel to go into her plea. Nalini claimed the recommendations of the earlier panel, which had rejected her plea for early release, were illegal. Full Text