Charged with the assassination of former Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Nalini Murugan has requested the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (OHCHR) to ask the Government of India to release her.
She has written a six-page letter addressed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, wherein she explained how she and six others are still serving more than their life term in prison.
She said that the state government has made it clear that since her case was investigated by the CBI, she can’t be released under any special schemes, which could have otherwise facilitated her release.
“I have been denied the benefit of early release from prison which is available to all the life convicts in the country, all on the ground that I was convicted in the case of the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi”, she wrote.
Nalini said her continued imprisonment would violate Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India, as well as a failure of the Centre and the state government.
She has requested the High Commissioner to ask the Union government to release her under Article 72. She has been the longest serving woman prisoner in India.
She also stated that Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Ghodse was also released after serving his term.