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HC quashes case against Rajiv case convict Nalini

Madras high court on Wednesday quashed all proceedings pending in a lower court against Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict S Nalini, in connection with the seizure of a mobile phone in her cell in the Vellore prison.

Passing orders on a petition by Nalini, Justice P Devadass said since the Jail Superintendent had already awarded punishment to her by way of permanent reduction from higher class ‘A’ to lower class ‘B’ under Prison Rules, she cannot be prosecuted before another forum for the same offence.

Nalini, serving life sentence in Vellore Central Prison, in her petition had sought quashing of the proceedings in the Judicial Magistrate Court in Vellore in connection with the seizure of the mobile phone from her cell on 20 April, 2010, citing downgrading of her prison class. According to the prosecution, when officials tried to seize the mobile phone, Nalini deterred them from discharging their duties.

Based on a complaint by prison officials, a criminal case was registered against Nalini for offences under various IPC sections read with the Prison Act, 1894. Police, after investigation, filed a report before the Magistrate court which framed charges and the trial was underway.
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