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Reject Manu Sharma’s parole plea: Delhi Police tell high court

The Delhi Police on Friday urged the Delhi high court to reject a plea by Manu Sharma, who is serving life term for killing ramp model Jessica Lall, for release on parole.

delhi Updated: Nov 12, 2011 00:03 IST
Harish V Nair

The Delhi Police on Friday urged the Delhi high court to reject a plea by Manu Sharma, who is serving life term for killing ramp model Jessica Lall, for release on parole.

Parole is the temporary release of a convict from prison, prior to the end of the tenure of his sentence, subject to certain conditions.

In an affidavit filed on the directions of the court, Delhi Police standing counsel, Pawan Sharma, said it opposed the plea keeping in view Manu Sharma’s conduct and violation of rules when he was released on parole two years ago. Manu, released on parole from the Tihar Jail on September 22, 2009, to be with his sick mother, was spotted in a discotheque and was allegedly involved in a brawl on the night of November 6 after an extension of his parole.

Following an uproar, during which the state government came under flak, Manu was forced to put an early end to his parole, surrender and return to the jail four days later.

Justice VK Shali will take a stand on the police reply on November 14. In the plea filed on November 2, Manu has sought parole from November 10 to 21 to attend his brother’s marriage and related functions.

Significantly, during the last hearing, the court had referred to Manu’s previous conduct while on parole. The Bench, however, issued notice after Manu’s counsel argued that as per parole guidelines, the conduct of only the past one year had to be considered. Manu’s parole had already been rejected by the administrative side of the high court on October 21.

He was awarded life term by the high court in December 2006 for Lall’s murder in 1999. Manu had shot Lall at the Tamarind Court Café owned by socialite Bina Ramani.