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The Nalini Case: Law must take its own course
Vellore jail is caught in yet another controversy after, Nalini an accused in the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was caught using a mobile from inside the jail and talking to her friends and relatives.
VELLORE JAIL is caught in yet another controversy after,  Nalini an accused in the assassination of the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was caught using a mobile from inside the jail and talking to her friends and relatives. Nalini is accused No.1, Shriharan accused No. 2 and Peralivalan, accused No.3 are in jail for the last 19 years. Nalini got life sentence and the remaining two are on death sentence.

Nalini completed MCA (Masters in Computer Application) from IGNOU.

It is a different case that the jailed prisoners are getting enough education and other entertainment for their life in jail. But this is a case of assassination of a national leader and keeping them in jail for 19 years is only a question mark after getting death row. But what about the controversy about the mobile phone caught from Nalini.
This issue raises questions regarding loopholes in the security system in jail. Many calls have been made to Tamil Nadu area and there are also calls made to the UK. Calls to Srilanka were seen active since last year in which there were 18 outgoing calls, 10 missed calls, and approx 08 calls have been received by her and there are uncounted SMS.

IGNOU (Indira Gandhi Open University) says that these three accused are brilliant in their studies and are scoring high marks in the exams given in the special camps in Vellore jail. The Number 3 accused Perarivalan, who is a accused of supplying the batteries for the human Bomb belt which killed Rajiv Gandhi on the spot is faring well in Computer studies.

During a routine check on 20th April, a bag was found and a Nokia mobile phone was found. Nalini suddenly snatched the phone from the officer and put it in the toilet. This case made a criminal offence against her and she was shifted from the A grade cell to a B grade cell. But still the battery charger was not seized by the jail officials. The Supreme Court confirmed the capital punishment, but the state government commuted death to life on April 24, 2000, allowing a clemency petition by Rajiv Gandhi’s widow Sonia. It concluded the crime was heinous.

She was associated with and harboured the prime accused of hatching the conspiracy to assassinate Rajiv Gandhi and 18 others .It was another controversy when news came of Priyanka Vadhera visiting Vellore jail. But the jail authorities denied it and said that there was no record of Priyanka visiting Vellore jail.

Why did the Superintendent lie about the meeting? Priyanka herself admitted that she met Nalini on March 19th 2008 .Why are there no official records of this meeting? Most importantly, did Priyanka go to the jail herself or was Nalini brought out of the Vellore jail? In both the instances, law has been violated. So who is responsible for it? The TN government rejected the plea for premature release stating that her case had been probed by CBI and the state could not take a decision under article 161 of the constitution. Nalini has a 18 yrs old daughter. K Ravi, a small-time mason in his 40s, has been picked up by the police as the Airtel SIM card with the number 9629988352 found in Nalini’s cell-phone was registered in his name.

Nalini was given a “hang to death” order. But in the course of time, Nalini gave birth to a child in the jail premises. And with this, Sonia Gandhi pleaded the court to convert her punishment to life imprisonment. According to the jail rules, none of the jail inmates are supposed to own any sort of technological items and hence, they are cut off from the outside world and now, who should be held guilty is still a question? Delaying the situation and delaying the matter in court makes the matter more serious for national security. For the safety of the nation, immediate actions has to be taken to find a permanent solution.

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