New Delhi: The sentence review board (SRB) of the Delhi government on Thursday rejected the request for early release of Manu Sharma, the Jessica Lal murder convict who is currently lodged in the Tihar Jail. The SRB also rejected the early release request of Tandoor murder case convict Sushil Sharma. Also Read - Over 200 Inmates Test Corona Positive in Delhi's Tihar Jail
The SRB had earlier in July postponed the decision on release of Manu Sharma, along with other release applications, including that of Sushil Sharma. Also Read - Ambani Bomb Scare: Mobile Used to Create Telegram Channel Seized From IM Terrorist in Tihar Jail
The panel, headed by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, reviewed the applications of Manu Sharma, the killer of Jessica Lal; Santosh Singh, convicted in the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case; and Sushil Sharma, convicted in the infamous Tandoor murder case, and rejected them. Also Read - Ambani Bomb Scare: Jaish-ul-Hind's Telegram Channel Created Near Tihar Jail, Say Police
“The board has rejected early release applications of all the three convicts,” the government official said.
The official also said that the board recommended release of 22 convicts on completion of their sentences and rejected 86 other cases.
Santosh Shah was convicted in the rape and murder of Delhi University student Priyadarshini Mattoo in 1996. He was sentenced to death in 2006 but the sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment in 2010 by the Supreme Court.
Sushil Sharma was also convicted in 2006 in the Naina Sahni Tandoor murder and was awarded life imprisonment.
An earlier meeting of the board in April was postponed amid surfacing of a letter by Sabrina Lal, sister of Jessica, in which she had apprised the Tihar jail authorities that she had no objection over release of Manu Sharma.
In April this year, Jessica’s sister Sabrina Lal wrote to the Tihar jail authorities that she has no objection to the release of the killer. She wrote that Sharma has been doing good charity work and helping other inmates, which is a reflection of reform.
Sharma has spent 15 years in jail in total. Due to his good behaviour, he has been in open prison for the last six months. He was sent to a semi-open jail in August 2015. He had been running an NGO that helped in education children of inmates. He also helped in increasing the revenue of the jail factory.
Jessica was shot dead at a Delhi restaurant in 1999 when she was bartending at a party hosted by designer Bina Ramani. Sharma shot her when she refused him a drink.He was acquitted by a trial court, but the high court reversed the decision in 2006. The Supreme Court upheld the HC verdict, sentencing him to life.