Three days after HT reported that Kishori Lal — the ‘Butcher of Trilokpuri’ convicted for the murder of eight Sikhs in the 1984 riots — was going to be freed from prison for ‘good conduct’, Delhi lieutenant-governor Tejendra Khanna’s office has put the order on hold.
Lal was serving a life term. His case was brought by jail officials before the sentence review board (SRB), which recommended he be freed and given a chance to ‘reform’. The SRB is headed by the Delhi CM and has as its members the chief probation officer, director general of prisons (Tihar) and representatives of the police chief and district sessions judge.
Lal owned a meat shop in block 32 of Trilokpuri. He killed the eight with a cleaver and set them afire in the 1984 riots. The Supreme Court convicted him but commuted the death terms to life.
Ranjan Mukherjee, OSD to Khanna, said the L-G has sent Lal’s case back to the SRB.
Delhi home secretary Arvind Ray told HT: “The L-G asked us to hold the decision to commute his sentence. The issue will be raised in SRB’s next meeting.”