Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal allowed the release of Manu Sharma, convicted for the murder of model Jessica Lal in 1999. And after his approval, Sharma was released from Tihar Jail.
Baijal had accepted the recommendation of the Sentence Review Board (SRB) which met last month.
The seven-member SRB had met to decide on the release of 34 convicts, including Sharma, who are all eligible for release. The board’s recommendation were sent to Baijal.
Any convict – barring one found guilty of heinous crimes such as rape and murder, murder and robbery, murder in cases of terrorism and murder while out on parole – who has completed 14 years in prison without remission is eligible for early release.Sharma was released form Tihar Jail on Monday evening after Baijal gave his approval in morning.
In November 2019, Sharma’s lawyer Amit Sahni had approached the Delhi high court seeking his release. In his plea, he said that despite spending 23 years in jail (with remission added), and a record of good conduct in prison, the SRB denied his client’s release on four separate occasions in an “unfair and unlawful manner.”
The Delhi high court asked the board to consider Sharma’s case for release in its next board meeting, which took place on May 11.