Nalini Sriharan, serving a life sentence at Central Prison, Vellore, for her involvement in the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, will involve herself in active social work, especially for the uplift of women, after her release, according to her Counsel S Duraisamy, Madras High Court. Talking to newspersons on Monday, Aug 4, Mr Duraisamy said this was informed to him by Nalini during his recent meeting. She 'regretted' the killing of Rajiv Gandhi and claimed that the real conspirators had not been booked as yet, he added.
Mr Duraisamy said Nalini was one of the prime accused in the assassination case. Nalini has also alleged that the real culprits, Sivarasan, Suba and Dhanu, were dead, he added.
The Counsel said Nalini was of the view that apart from the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), somebody else was also involved in the conspiracy to murder Rajiv and his identity should be revealed.
Referring to Nalini's meeting with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in prison in March, he said the gesture shown towards Nalini by Priyanka, was amazing.
Mr Duraisamy said Priyanka wanted to meet Nalini to know the truth behind the murder of her father. Nalini was happy to meet Priyanka after 17 years of the assassination of Rajiv and lauded the gesture shown to her by Priyanka and her mother Sonia, he added.
Dhanu, a suicide bomber, had carried out the attack at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu on May 21, 1991 killing Rajiv Gandhi and 15 others on the spot.
During the course of investigations, pictures clicked by S Haribabu, an LTTE photographer, who was also killed in the blast, exposed the role of Nalini and others. Arrested about a month after the assassination, Nalini was sentenced to death by hanging after being convicted on 16 counts of murder. However, her sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment on the intervention of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who pleaded for clemency on account of Nalini's young daughter who was born in jail.