Rajiv Gandhi Assassin Nalini Sriharan recalls meeting with Priyanka Gandhi in new book
New Delhi, Nov 25: A book on Nalini Sriharan, one of the seven convicts serving life term in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case was released on Thursday. The book written in Tamil titled "Rajiv Kolai: Marikapatta Unmaigalum Priyanka Nalini Santhippum," details the meeting Nailini had with Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in 2008.
The book was released in Chennai by MDMK founder Vaiko in the presence of various pro-Tamil leaders including VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan.
Roughly translated into English, the title of the book means "Rajiv murder: Concealed truths and the Nalini-Priyanka meeting."
Nalini has already served 25 years in prison and is currently lodged at the high security Vellore Central jail. She was arrested on June 14, 1991 in connection with the assassination of the Rajiv Gandhi by an LTTE suicide bomber on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at nearby Sriperumbudur.
She has reportedly discussed about Gandhi's assassination in the book, events that followed including the police interrogation. She has however dedicated a substantial part of the book to the meeting she held with Priyanka.
The Supreme Court had awarded death penalty to four of the 26 persons, including Nalini and her husband Murugan, found guilty in the case. It had also sentenced three others to life imprisonment. Nalini's sentence was commuted to life imprisonment by the Tamil Nadu Governor in 2000.
The death penalty of the three others, Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan was commuted to life by the apex court on February 18, 2014 on the ground of inordinate delay in disposing of their mercy petitions by the President.
(With inputs from PTI)