HC to pronounce sentence on Manu Sharma today

Delhi HC will pronounce the quantum of punishment to Manu who has been convicted for killing model Jessica Lall.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 10:52 IST

The Delhi High Court is expected to pronounce the quantum of punishment to Manu Sharma on Wednesday who was convicted for killing model Jessica Lall.

The court will also decide the quantum of sentence to Vikas Yadav, son of former Rajya Sabha MP DP Yadav, and a former Coca Cola company General Manager Amardeep Singh Gill. The court has found them guilty of conspiring with Sharma to remove the Tata Safari car from the place of the incident that took place seven years ago.

The pronouncement of the sentence will come after a bench of the court hears the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence on the issue.

The Bench of Justice RS Sodhi and Justice PK Bhasin held Sharma guilty of committing murder and he faces the maximum penalty of death sentence.

Yadav and Gill were held guilty under sections of 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of IPC. Both of them are liable to get the punishment maximum to seven years rigorous imprisonment.

Convicting Sharma, Yadav and Gill the High Court has acquitted other six accused in the case.

The court pronounced its verdict on an appeal filed by the Delhi police challenging the acquittal of all the accused in the case in February this year.

Ramp model Jessica Lall was shot dead by Sharma after she refused to serve him a drink at a party organised by socialite Bina Ramani at her Qutub Colonnade restaurant in south Delhi on the intervening night of April 29-30, 1999.

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 23:09 IST