The State Government of Tamil Nadu informed the Madras High Court that it cannot entertain the plea by S. Nalini, one of the accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, for an early release. The government said that this cannot be done because a similar petition is pending before the Supreme Court.
Nalini's petition is pending before a division bench headed by justice Rajiv Shakdher, informed the state home department's deputy secretary. in his counter affidavit filed in response to the petition filed by Nalini. He said, "She is a party respondent in a plea pending before the Supreme Court in connection with remission of sentences of all the seven convicts, moved by the central government. The plea has been referred to the Constitution Bench of the court, which is yet to be decided. In view of the same, the high court cannot interfere in the issue."
The department also said, according a report by the Deccan Chronicle, that Nalini's plea through the state government's scheme of premature release of life convicts who had already completed 20 years of actual imprisonment has already been rejected by the advisory committee on more than two occasions.