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‘Preferential treatment given to convicts with connections’

The Delhi government came under fire from the Delhi High Court on Friday for giving preferential treatment to convicts with high connections like Manu Sharma.

delhi Updated: Nov 21, 2009 01:08 IST
Harish V. Nair

The Delhi government came under fire from the Delhi High Court on Friday for giving preferential treatment to convicts with high connections like Manu Sharma.

The court directed the government’s home department to take a decision on 98 pending parole applications within a month.

“The court is in no doubt that the home department has been giving selective priority to parole request of some convicts because of their high connections and influence,” said Justice Kailash Gambhir.

“One such case is Manu Sharma whose application was disposed of with utmost promptitude. We have noted that the average time taken for disposal of other applicant is three to six months.”

Sharma, released on parole from Tihar Jail on September 22 on the ground of his mother’s illness, was spotted in a nightclub.

He was also allegedly involved in a brawl on the night of November 6.

Following an uproar, Sharma was forced to put an early end to his parole and return to the jail four days later.

Slamming the home department for the argument that the delay in processing parole pleas was due to various layers of clearance, the judge said “no doubt the cautious approach is understandable but you cannot sit over applications for a long time while favouring some particular convicts. Every convict has to be treated alike”.

The court was hearing a plea filed on November 10 by a convict in the Connaught Place shootout case.