Nalini Rajiv Gandhi
Nalini Rajiv GandhiIANS

Nalini Sriharan, convicted for the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, reportedly reached Chennai Tuesday after she was released on parole for 24 hours. The Madras High Court granted her one-day parole so she could attend her father's memorial prayer Wednesday.

Sriharan, who has been lodged in Vellore central jail, was given 12 hours' parole last month when her father died. She sought three-day parole to attend his memorial prayer, but court granted it for only a day, IANS reports.

The court also ordered Sriharan to not interact with mediapersons during the parole. "The court orally directed her to not speak to mediapersons and not come out of her house during this period," NDTV quoted her lawyer Pugalendhi as saying.

Nalini Sriharan was sentenced to death for their involvement in Rajiv Gandhi's assassination at Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, May 21, 1991. However, the Tamil Nadu governor commuted her death sentence to life term in 2000 after Rajiv Gandhi's widow Sonia petitioned for clemency following Sriharan's daughter's birth in jail.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has written twice to the Centre expressing the AIADMK government's willingness to release all seven convicts, including Sriharan, in the case. However, the Centre has not allowed the state government from releasing them.