Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Referring to Swamy's apprehensions that Tamil Nadu and the Centre may collude with Nalini and may not oppose her petition seeking premature release, Justice S Nagamuthu said "it is baseless, unwarranted and deserves to be rejected."
Chennai: The Madras High Court today declined to permit Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy to implead himself as a party in the petition filed by Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking premature release from prison saying "he is not a party to the proceedings."
However, the court permitted him to participate in the proceedings and make his submission as an intervenor.
Referring to Swamy's apprehensions that the state and the Centre may collude with Nalini and may not oppose her petition seeking premature release, Justice S Nagamuthu said "it is baseless, unwarranted and deserves to be rejected."
On July 11, Justice S Nagamuthu had reserved the order on the petition filed by Swamy after hearing the counsels of the government, Swamy and Nalini.
Opposing Swamy's petition, Tamil Nadu Advocate General G Masilamani pleaded with the court to reject the petition as it was devoid of any merit and was based upon Swamy's 'apprehension.' Swamy's counsel G Rajagopal had submitted that the matter was of serious public interest as it involved the assassination of a former Prime Minister.
Nalini's counsel Doraiswamy had contended that Swamy had no locus standi to implead himself in the petition.
Nalini, serving life imprisonment in the assassination case, had moved the Madras High Court after her plea for release on the ground of good conduct and having completed over 17 years in jail was rejected by Tamil Nadu government.
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