Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's recommendation for parole to Jessica Lal murder convict Manu Sharma, serving a life sentence, triggered a controversy on Monday with opposition BJP attacking the decision while legal experts questioned the ground for such action.
However, Dikshit defended the decision saying there was nothing "illegal or unusual" about it and it was within the "legal purview".
32-year-old Sharma, who has been released on parole for two months on the ground of his mother's illness, was recently spotted in a nightclub in a hotel here and his mother was seen addressing a press conference in their family hotel in Chandigarh.
"Sharma is on parole on the false pretext of his mother's illness. Dikshit recommended the parole, which is condemnable. She took the decision coming under pressure from Congress leaders as he is the son of an influential Congress leader," senior BJP leader V K Malhotra alleged.
Questioning the ground on which parole was granted, he said Sharma's mother was seen addressing a press conference yesterday in Chandigarh while Sharma was seen a hotel here.
The BJP leader demanded that Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna should cancel Sharma's parole immediately.
Supreme Court lawyer Kamini Jaiswal said before granting parole it should have been verified that there was no one to attend to the ailing mother and that his presence was required badly.