In 2018, Jessica Lal’s sister Sabrina Lal had said that she had forgiven Manu Sharma and would not object if he was freed.
New Delhi| Manu Sharma, the convict in Jessica Lal murder case, has been released after his life term was remitted. On Monday, he was released with 18 other prisoners from Delhi’s Tihar jail.
On the recommendation of the Sentence Review Board, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi allowed Manu Sharma’s release. He had been out on parole as part of measures taken to avoid overcrowding of prisons in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
Manu Sharma, who happens to be a son of former union minister Vinod Sharma, was convicted in 2006 for shooting Jessica Lal at a party after she refused to serve him a drink on April 30, 1999. Manu was sentenced to a life term as a punishment.
Manu Sharma was had been in open jail for the last two years on the account of “good conduct”. He was allowed to leave the jail at 8 in the morning and return at 6 in the evening. Manu Sharma worked with a non-profit organisation for the rehabilitation of prisoners.
In 2018, Jessica Lal’s sister Sabrina Lal had said that she had forgiven Manu Sharma and would not object if he was freed. “I truly believe he has been doing good work in jail…it’s a load off my chest and I feel at peace with myself. His conviction was closure for me,” Sabrina had told NDTV.
Manu Sharma has been in prison for almost 16 years.