HC seeks Delhi police reply on Manu Sharma's plea for parole

Killer of model Jessica Lal, Sharma's plea was turned down on October 21

Issuing notice to Delhi police, Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought its reply within a week on a plea for parole by Manu Sharma, currently serving life term in Tihar Jail for killing model Jessica Lall in 1999. Sharma sought parole to attend his brother's marriage and related functions scheduled between November 10 and 21.

Manu Sharma. File pic

The court sought police response on Sharma's plea for parole, while referring to his previous conduct, and saying that he had been visiting discotheques, violating the parole conditions on an earlier occasion. A bench of Justice V K Shali, however, issued notice after his counsel argued that according to the guidelines for granting parole, the conduct of only past one year has to be considered.

"Counsel for appellant (Sharma) submits that only conduct of last one year has to be considered for parole as per guidelines. The petitioner's brother is getting married on November 21, and functions start from November 10. Issue notice. Reply within one week," the bench said.

No early date
The court, however, posted the matter for next hearing on November 14 and declined Sharma's plea for an early date saying, "He need not attend all functions". Sharma's parole had already been rejected by the administrative side of the high court on Oct 21.

In September 2009, Sharma was released from jail on a 30-day-parole on the ground that he needed to attend to his ailing mother and perform the rituals following the death of his grandmother. But, the basis for the parole was proved unfounded as Sharma's grandmother had already died in 2008. During the second extension of the parole for another 30 days, Sharma was seen partying in a discotheque.  After an uproar that he violated parole norms, Sharma had to surrender to the jail authority before the expiry of his parole period.

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