Jessica Lal’s sister forgives Manu Sharma: L-G will decide on release, say Tihar jail officials

Tihar jail officials, on Monday, said in response to Jessica Lal’s sister Sabrina’s letter that said she forgives the convict Manu Sharma and has no objection on his release, that the fate of the convict will be decided by the authorities and not by Sabrina Lal. Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal will take a decision in the matter of the murder case. Jail authorities said that L-G will decide upon Sharma’s fate once the jail’s Sentence Review Board (SRB) submitted a report.

Sabrina Lal wrote a letter to the Prison Welfare Officer, and that she has no objection to the release of Manu Sharma, who murdered her sister Jessica Lal. Lal got a letter from the jail authorities asking if she wanted her money back from Victim Welfare Fund. To this, she said that she doesn’t want the money back. She said that she wanted to lead a normal life.

As per the report by India News website, Manu Sharma’s name will be sent to the SRB and will be among the 50 odd prisoners. As per the reports an eight-member team of SRB headed by Satyendar Jain will go through the prisoner’s record and will decide on the matter, whether Sharma should be released or not. If Sharma is released from the prison, this will be a pre-mature release as he did not complete his term in the jail. This is allowed to the criminal if he has spent 14 years in the jail without remission or more, depending upon the case.

Neelam Katara, Mother of Nitish Katara (Nitish Katara murder case) said that this is a wrong step as it will set a wrong example for others.

Sharma, son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, was sentenced to life imprisonment by the high court in December 2006 for killing Lal in 1999. The trial court had acquitted him, but the Delhi High Court reversed the verdict and the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence in April 2010. Jessica Lal, who was tending a bar at the Tamarind Court restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani at the Qutub Colonnade in South Delhi’s Mehrauli area on April 30, 1999, was gunned down by Sharma after she refused to serve him alcohol.

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