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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2583

What is up between Murugan and Nalini – Rajiv Gandhi assassins?

Chennai, 21 April, (Asiantribune.com): Murugan for the second time in a row has refused to meet his wife Nalini on Saturday afternoon at the Vellore Central Prison. Earlier as exclusively reported in the Asian Tribune, Murugan refused to meet his wife on 05 April, after their disagreement over Nalini meeting Priyanka Vadra on 19 March in the Vellore Central Prisons. It is reliably learnt that Murugan who was to meet Nalini again on 19 April, has failed to turn up. Reports revealed that he is still not reconciled over his wife meeting with Priyanka, the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi. (File Photo)It is reliably learnt that Murugan who was to meet Nalini again on 19 April, has failed to turn up. Reports revealed that he is still not reconciled over his wife meeting with Priyanka, the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi. (File Photo)

Asian Tribune reported that Murugan argued with his wife over the meeting with Nalini on 22 March. Normally the meeting lasts for 45 minutes, but Murugan cut it short and walked out. Subsequently, on two different occasions both unsuccessfully attempted to commit suicide - Nalini on 13 April and Murugan on 17 April, but the prison authorities scoffed the reports simply as "rumors."

But now it is reliably learnt that Murugan who was to meet Nalini again on 19 April, has failed to turn up. Reports revealed that he is still not reconciled over his wife meeting with Priyanka, the daughter of Rajiv Gandhi.

Why was Murugan upset? Some say it has to do with a book he is reportedly writing about the assassination. It is said that this book may contain details which would make certain VIPs uncomfortable, and that Priyanka’s visit was actually connected to the book.

Priyanka after the meeting said in a statement that “Meeting with Nalini was my way of coming to peace with the violence and loss that I have experienced”. Priyanka also claimed that it was “a purely personal visit”.

It was after Nalini had given birth to her daughter Megara that Sonia Gandhi, Congress president and Rajiv’s widow, had pleaded on her behalf and got her sentence commuted from death to life imprisonment in 2000.

Murugan and Nalini usually meet every fortnight, on a Saturday afternoon. Things, however, haven’t been the same ever since Rajiv’s daughter Priyanka Vadra met Nalini at the special prison for women on March 19.

It was reported that Murugan was disappointed after meeting his wife on March 22, three days after the Priyanka meeting Nalini.

Nalini, the ninth accused in the case and the only living person, who had accompanied the squad, which had assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on the night of May 21, 1991, had been sentenced to death.

Nalini's senior counsel S Duraisamy, who did not want the meeting between the two to go unrecorded, had deputed his junior to file an application under Right to Information and sought details of the meeting.

Mr. Duraisamy, who had appeared for Nalini in the case, during the pre-trial procedure, said Ms Priyanka Vadra's meeting with Nalini has strengthened the repeated pleas of the defence to reinvestigate the 17-year-old case.

He claimed that Ms Priyanka Vadra's chose to meet Nalini as she doubted the very involvement of the LTTE in her father's assassination. The CBI had miserably failed in identifying the "persons," who had helped the conspirators, he contended.

Meanwhile, taking advantage of Ms Priyanka Vadra's meeting, there were moves to file a petition in the Madras High Court, seeking the release of Nalini.

Nalini's family sources said she did not plead Ms Priyanka Vadra for clemency for her husband Murugan, who had been sentenced to death. His mercy petition is pending before the President.

- Asian Tribune -

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