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Rajiv assassination convict Nalini's plea for premature release refused

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The plea made by Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict Nalini for premature release has been rejected by the Madras High Court. She had filed an appeal challenging the order of a single judge rejecting her prayer for premature release under a 1994 state government scheme under Article 161 (powers of Governor to grant pardon).In a February 22, 2014 representation to the state government.

The Bench comprised Justices K.K.Sasidharan and R. Subramanian. The Bench in its Order said: "In view of the stand taken by the State government that the conviction of the appellant was also for the offences under various Central enactments and not only in respect of laws with reference to which the Legislature of the State has power to make laws and in view of the pendency of the substantial writ petition before Supreme Court, we are not in a position to direct the Governor to consider the representation by exercising the power under Article 161 of the Constitution."

 

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