June 02, 2020 – Jessica Lal killer Manu Sharma, who was serving life imprisonment in one of the high-profile criminal cases in the country, has been released on parole from prison earlier on Monday. His release came with 18 other prisoners who were temporarily freed from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal gave a green flag on the decision after a recommendation came from Delhi Sentence Review Board, an advisory board under the state’s home ministry. The Review Board has made the recommendation last month at a meeting chaired by Delhi’s Home Minister Satyendra Jain.
Manu Sharma, who spent over 15 years in prison, has been out on parole as part of measures taken by the Delhi Sentence Review Board to prevent overcrowding amid Coronavirus outbreak.
The son of a former union minister and Indian National Congress leader Venod Sharma was convicted in 2006 murder trial for the shooting model Jessica Lal who refused to serve him a drink on April 30, 1999, at a party in Tamarind Court restaurant in Delhi owned and managed by socialite Bina Ramani.
The sensational crime inspired into a Bollywood movie by the name ‘No One Killed Jessica’ portrayed deep flaws in the system that allowed those with the money and power could get away with heinous crimes.