Chennai. The Madras High Court has dismissed the plea for premature release of Nalini, who is serving a life sentence in the murder of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The premature release of Nalini was sought based on a decision by the Tamil Nadu cabinet. The court rejected the petition and said that the approval of the Governor of the state is mandatory for the decision of the cabinet to be effective. The court said that the Supreme Court had said that under Article 161 of the Constitution, the Governor is obliged to obey the advice of the Council of Ministers, but still the signature of the Governor is mandatory for pardon, mitigation or authorization for release. 19659002] The bench of Justice R Subbaiah and Pongiappan dismissed the plea of Nalini's lawyers that the Governor's approval was not mandatory and the petitioner was called Based on the advice went by Ndl it can be released. Nalini had claimed in the habeas corpus petition that since Rajyapala failed to execute the recommendation of her release made by the state cabinet on September 9, 2018, she is in illegal custody.