Manu Sharma sentenced to life imprisonment | india | Hindustan Times
Today in New Delhi, India
Apr 30, 2017-Sunday
-°C
New Delhi
  • Humidity
    -
  • Wind
    -

Manu Sharma sentenced to life imprisonment

The Delhi High Court awarded life imprisonment to Manu Sharma, son of Congress leader Venod Sharma, for murdering model Jessica Lall in 1999. It also awarded 4-yr jail term each to Vikas Yadav and Amardeep Singh Gill, reports Harish V Nair.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2006 14:39 IST

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to Manu Sharma, son of Congress leader Venod Sharma, for murdering model Jessica Lall in 1999. Contrary to the perception that life sentence means 14 years’ imprisonment, Manu will have to spend his entire life in jail.

He was also given four years’ imprisonment on each count for destruction of evidence, criminal conspiracy and possessing an illegal weapon. The sentences will run concurrently.

Justice for Jessica
Related Stories
Who, Why & What

 
Amazing result: Sabrina 
Manu held guilty 
'Paul pats men for job 
'Verdict is not a setback' 
Rani regrets dad Ram Jethmalini's defense 
Two-gun theory backfired 
Lot of rage, bit of RDB 
'Manu’s tale misled court 
Now, just another convict 
Delhi Police may appeal 
COUNTERPOINT  
'Bina not an accused' 
HC raps cops on Bina 
Ram and Manusmriti 
Candles in the wind 
The lone ranger 
SurferSpeak 
Jethmalani denies maligning Jessica 
  Special: Who killed Jessica? 
  Pictures 
 Public outcry for Jessica 

The Supreme Court ruled recently that a convict who is awarded life sentence would be imprisoned for the rest of his life, unless the government passed an order remitting the sentence to facilitate his early release.

Manu, who along with other convicts was present in the court, reacted by saying: “Mere bhagya main yehi tha. Taqdeer ka faisla yehi tha (This was in my fate. This was decided by destiny).”

Manu's accomplices, Vikas Yadav — son of Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav — and Amardeep Singh Gill (Tony Gill), who had taken Manu's car away from the spot where the murder was committed, got four years’ sentences for destruction of evidence and criminal conspiracy.

Manu’s lawyer said he would appeal against the order in the Supreme Court.

The prosecution had demanded the death sentence for Manu for “murdering an innocent, helpless woman without any provocation and going on to interfere with the administration of justice.” It said this brought the case within the ambit of “rarest of rare category,” the Supreme Court's benchmark for awarding the death sentence.

Manu’s lawyer pleaded for leniency, saying his client was not a habitual criminal and should be given a chance to reform.

A division bench of justices RS Sodhi and PK Bhasin agreed with the prosecution only to the extent that the case had “shocked the confidence of  society in the criminal delivery system.” The bench said the murder, although intentional, was committed without premeditation and therefore life imprisonment was enough.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on Manu. The amount will go to Jessica’s family.

On Monday, the court — hearing the appeal filed by the Delhi Police against a lower court’s acquittal of nine accused in February — had convicted Manu, Vikas and Amardeep. Six others had been acquitted.

Email Harish V Nair: harish .nair@hindustantimes.com

tags

Is Your Couch Making You Cough?
Promotional Feature