The Madras High Court on Wednesday ordered notice on a petition by S. Nalini, a life convict in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, seeking a month’s parole to enable her to be with her ailing father who is aged 90.

A Division Bench, comprising Justices S. Rajeswaran and P.N. Prakash, posted the matter for further hearing on February 11.

In a habeas corpus petition, she said she was in prison for the past 22 years. Her father, P. Sankara Narayanan, a retired Inspector of Police, and a resident of Ambalavanapuram in Tirunelveli district, was bed-ridden and was seriously ill for quite some time. It was more than eight years since she met him. She wanted to be with him in his last days.

He applied to the Additional Director-General of Prison on December 12 last year to grant her ordinary leave for a month. As it was not granted, she filed the present plea.

She said the ADGP should have granted leave to her to meet her father considering the fact that she had not availed herself of leave except on one occasion for a day nine years ago for attending her brother’s wedding.

She sought a direction to the prison authorities to consider her application and grant her leave.

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