Delhi lieutenant-governor Tejendra Khanna on Thursday took up the issue of revised parole guidelines, recommending a time stricture of 30 days on any verification by them.
According to government officials, the L-G also asked for a report on the action taken in the Manu Sharma case. Sharma had overstepped his parole specification restricting his movement to Chandigarh and was spotted at a Delhi nightclub on Saturday.
Manu Sharma is serving a life term for murdering model Jessica Lal and was out on parole when was seen at a nightclub.
Following Delhi Police’s claim on Wednesday that it had opposed the granting of parole to Sharma since it had not found the convict’s claims convincing, the Delhi government’s home department retaliated with the claim that the Delhi Police’s report was unclear.
Delhi Principal Secretary (Home) G.S. Patnaik did not respond to phone calls.
Delhi Police said it had given a negative report on Sharma’s parole plea as despite claiming that his mother Shakti Rani was ill, the inmate had failed to provide medical proof.
“The report filed by Delhi Police was not clear and the police are equally responsible for granting parole to Sharma,” a Delhi government official told PTI.
PTI quoted the official as claiming that “no mistake was committed by the Delhi Government in granting parole to Sharma”.
“They (Delhi Police) knew about his (Manu Sharm’s) presence in Delhi on Saturday. Police saw him in a nightclub. Then why they did not inform us. Why did they tell us about it only on Monday? We could have cancelled his parole,” PTI quoted the official.