Rajiv convict gets parole

The Madras High Court today granted a 30-day parole to Robert Payas, one of the seven convicts serving a life term for assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

A division bench of justices MM Sundresh and RMT Teekaa Raaman gave the order on a plea by Payas seeking parole for making arrangements for his son's wedding.

He has been given parole from 25 November till 24 December.

The conditions of the parole include a bar on him interacting with the media, political parties or personalities and an undertaking to keep good conduct and not disrupt public peace.

The petitioner had  his plea in September, submitted that he has been in prison since 16 August 1991 and has completed actual imprisonment of more than 28 years.