Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: What’s next for the six? From rush back to jail to travel papers
Now that the apex court has thrown open the jail doors for them, what lies ahead for the six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case?
First, Nalini has to rush back from Chennai and surrender at the special prison for women in Vellore, as her parole period ends by this weekend. She will have to embark on the final release proceedings thereafter. Ravichandran’s parole was extended just on Thursday and he can afford to be out for one more month, unless authorities want him back so that he too could walk free.
That said, the citizenship status of the four foreigners — Sriharan alias Murugan, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Santhan — is hanging fire. In order to pre-empt their choices, immigration authorities have already spoken to the jail administration about arranging emergency travel papers to deport them to Sri Lanka as quickly as possible, sources told TOI.
Whether the four will be agreeable for this arrangement or if Sriharan would be constrained to move courts for further remedy remains to be seen.
Officials said they would wait for the certified hard copy of the Supreme Court verdict before processing the convicts’ release from jail, and added that in case of urgency, the apex court would have mentioned in the order that the direction should be given effect immediately. As of Friday evening, no formal communication had come by wire or mail, they said.