Manu to attend brother's wedding

Court has given him permission for five days. Earlier, he was seen at a Delhi nightclub while on parole

Manu Sharma, currently serving a life sentence for murdering model Jessica Lall, will leave jail for five days later this month. The son of influential Congress leader Vinod Sharma had sought parole to attend his brother's wedding and related functions.

Manu Sharma. File pic

Delhi High Court has granted him the permission and warned him not to repeat an earlier performance, when he was seen at a Delhi nightclub while on parole. Sharma can leave jail from November 21-25. He had asked for a parole of 10 days, but the judge observed at an earlier hearing, that "he need not attend all (wedding functions)".

Sharma has also been asked to pay a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and not to travel outside Delhi, Karnal and Ambala.  In 2009, he was granted parole for a month that was later extended by another 30 days. Sharma had claimed he was needed at home to tend to his sick mother and to help manage his father's business. During this period, he was found at a Delhi nightclub and reportedly misbehaved with women friends of former Delhi Police chief YS Dadwal's son Pranay Dadwal. The incidents had led to huge controversy for him and an embarrassment for the Delhi government, which had not objected to his parole.

Senior counsel Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Sharma, had earlier submitted before the court the schedule for marriage ceremonies, including pre-wedding 'ladies sangeet' on November 21 in Chandigarh, wedding on November 22 in Karnal and reception on November 24 in Ambala. The police had objected to Sharma's plea, citing his past conduct.

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