S. Vijay Kumar

CHENNAI: But for a top official in the State intelligence, no one, including the Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons), was aware of the visit of Priyanka Vadra, daughter of Rajiv Gandhi, to meet convict Nalini Sriharan, at the Special Prison for Women at Vellore on March 19.

Security protocol

Even as the VVIP is covered by the elite Special Protection Group (SPG) and there is an established security protocol such as pilot, escort and route bandobast for her convoy, local officials such as the Vellore Collector and Superintendent of Police were also not informed.

Jail Superintendent P. Raja Soundari permitted the meeting in her official chamber exercising discretionary powers vested on her under Rule 520, 522 and 526 of the Tamil Nadu Jail Manual.