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Rajiv Gandhi case convict Murugan faints in prison during hunger strike after being denied parole

Sources said that trial in two more cases, which include Murugan using a cell phone inside the jail and him abusing the jail officials verbally, is ongoing and hence he was denied parole.

Published: 06th May 2022 03:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2022 03:13 AM   |  A+A-

Nalini, Murugan, convicted in Murder of Rajiv Gandhi. ( Photo | Twitter)

By Express News Service

VELLORE: Murugan, one of the convicts in former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, fainted in Vellore Central Prison, after going on a hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day. According to Murugan’s lawyer P Pugalenthi, he had gone on a hunger strike after his parole plea for 30 days was rejected by the authorities.

Confirming the development to TNIE, Pugalenthi said he was denied parole, while others had got parole in the same case.

Murugan’s mother-in-law S Padma, on March 14, had filed a writ petition in the Madras High Court to grant parole to him.  The case is pending in the HC as Justice PN Prakash recused himself from the case, citing his earlier stint as the public prosecutor in the Rajiv Gandhi assasination case and Justice Kalyana Sundaram retired soon after that.

“Murugan didn’t seek permission for a hunger strike and we’re not aware of that,” Additional Superintendent of Vellore Central Prison AS Abdul Rahman told TNIE. “Murugan didn’t submit any request for parole to us,” he added.

Sources said that trial in two more cases, which include Murugan using a cell phone inside the jail and him abusing the jail officials verbally, is ongoing and hence he was denied parole.

Murugan has been imprisoned in the Vellore prison for the last 32 years and has never been out on parole.
Meanwhile, AG Perarivalan, another convict in the same case, had been granted bail by the Supreme Court earlier this year.



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  • Deena Dayalan

    Comparing with AG Perarivalan or any other person is nonsense. Every case is different. Based on the circumstances
    1 month ago reply
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