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Will Karunanidhi free Rajiv Gandhi’s assassin?

NEW DELHI: The Tamil Nadu government is likely to reveal its position on Nalini Murugan, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, to the Madras High Court on Tuesday. ( Watch )

The High Court had asked the state government to provide its response by Tuesday.

Nalini Murugan, came into limelight recently, after Priyanka Vadra, daughter of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, met her in Vellore prison. Priyanka reportedly asked Nalini why she got involved in her father’s killing.

Nalini had moved the Madras High Court in April after her plea for release on the grounds of good conduct in the prison was rejected by an advisory board last year. The board’s decision was also accepted by the Tamil Nadu government.

Nalini was initially sentenced to death along with her husband Murugan and two others in the case. Nalini’s capital punishment was later commuted to life imprisonment following an appeal on humanitarian grounds by Congress president and Rajiv Gandhi’s widow Sonia Gandhi, after Nalini delivered a baby girl in the Vellore prison.

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy on Monday said he would soon move the Madras High Court against the plea made by Nalini Murugan seeking early release.

Citing a Supreme Court judgment in the case, Swamy said Nalini did not deserve any mercy despite being a woman.