MADURAI: The Madras High Court’s Madurai Bench has directed the State Home Secretary to consider a plea to grant parole to Ravichandran, a life convict in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
Ravichandran’s mother P Rajeshwari had moved the court seeking parole for her son, who is lodged at the Madurai
Central Prison to settle a property dispute. When the petition came up for hearing before Justice P Subbiah on Monday, the Government Advocate submitted that as per the Jail Manual, parole could be granted to convicts once in two years.
Ravichandran was already released on parole in November 2012 and hence he would be eligible for the next parole only after November 2014. However, the petitioner’s counsel contended that earlier parole was granted only on the basis of the court order and not by the Government. Though Ravichandran came out on parole in November 2012, the purpose was not solved as he was kept under virtual house arrest, he claimed.
The judge then directed the Home Secretary to consider the plea of the petitioner on merits and issue necessary orders within four weeks.