Siddharth Vashishtha alias Manu Sharma, who is serving life imprisonment in the Jessica Lal murder case, was on Tuesday granted 15 days’ parole by the Delhi high court to appear for his post-graduate examinations.
Sharma is pursuing post-graduation in human rights from the Indian Institute of Human Rights, Maidan Garhi, Delhi.
A vacation bench of Justice Sunita Gupta granted the parole on the condition that Sharma, 36, will not leave Delhi during the parole period.
As a condition of the parole, the court also directed him to keep away from the area around the residence of Lal and her family members.
He will also have to furnish a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 with one surety, for the like amount, who shall be a family member.
Sharma had sought for a month-long parole to prepare and take his second-year examinations, which begin on June 19.
The Delhi government, however, opposed Sharma’s application on the ground that his conduct had not been satisfactory when he had been released on parole in 2009.
Senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog, appearing for Sharma, contended that after 2009, his client did not get any adverse report when he was released on parole or interim bail. “He has always surrendered in time,” Nandrajog said.
They also claimed that Sharma through his NGO, Siddharth Vashisht Charitable Trust, has been working for the education of the children of jailed inmates and his efforts have been appreciated by the Lieutenant -Governor.
Considering the submission, the HC said the 15-day parole will be effective from the date of his release.
“Immediately upon expiry of the period of parole, the petitioner (Sharma) shall surrender himself before the superintendent jail,” the HC said.
Sharma, 36, is serving a life sentence for killing model Jessica Lal in a bar in 1999.
He was awarded life imprisonment by the high court in December 2006. The life term was upheld by the Supreme Court in April, 2010.