Jessica Lal Murder: Delhi HC said SRB To Consider Manu Sharma’s Plea For Premature Release
The Delhi High Court refused to grant Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma his request for premature release from jail but asked the Sentence Review Board (SRB) to consider his request at its next meeting. He has served 20 years of his life term.
Justice Najmi Waziri disposed of Manu Sharma’s plea who had sought premature release from jail citing the case of Tandoor murder convict Sushil Kumar Sharma. On December 31, Sushil Kumar was released from jail after the Delhi High Court allowed his plea for premature release after 23 years of incarceration for murdering his wife. Sushil had also questioned the decision-making of the SRB.
Seeking a similar relief, Manu Sharma had moved the high court by way of a petition Manu Sharma was convicted in the year 2006 for the murder of model Jessica Lal at the Tamarind Court restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani at Qutub Colonnade in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area on the night of April 30, 1999.
“The Social Welfare Department, Delhi & Hometown have recommended premature release of the Convict. The Chief Probation Officer Delhi has strongly recommended and supported the premature release of the convict in the meeting of the Board,” said the petition.
In the petition said “for deciding any case for premature release, the board has to consider the reports and recommendations of the jail superintendent which includes the conduct in jail, report of the welfare officer (aptitude for reform, the post-release opportunity for work) and reports received from police regarding law and order problem if the lifer is released.”
Plea also said “that in his case, all parameters for premature release were being met but his request was rejected forcing him to move court.”
The Delhi high court, however, refused to grant Manu Sharma prayer but ordered the SRB to consider his case at the next meeting.