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Sentence Review Board Recommends Release of Jessica Lal Murder Case Convict

Lawstreet Journal 16 May 2020 9:00pm

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Manu Sharma who is serving life term after being convicted in the Jessica Lal murder case in 1999, may soon get released if the recommendation by the Sentence Review Board (SRB) for the same is accepted by Delhi’s lieutenant governor Anil Baijal, as stated by various officials concerned with the matter.

The seven-member SRB had a meeting on 11th April 2020 at the Delhi Secretariat, to take a call on 34 convicts, including Manu Sharma, who are all eligible for an early release. The board sent their list of recommendations to Anil Baijal, to decide thereon.

The board consisted of the State Home Minister, who is the chairman of the board, and the prison’s director-general, state law secretary, a district judge, the government’s chief probationary officer, and a joint commissioner-rank officer of the Delhi Police.

The eligibility criteria for any convict who has been found guilty in the cases of heinous crimes such as rape and murder, murder and robbery, murder in cases of terrorism and murder while out on parole and has completed 14 years in prison without having any remission is eligible for an early release.

Remission is when the prisoner shows good conduct in the prison with the officials or inmates, his/her sentence is reduced. In this case, while Manu has served around 16 years of actual sentencing, he has completed 23 years of remission.

The Senior Officers at Tihar Jail, where Sharma is currently in custody, as well as the officials in the Delhi government, refused to comment on the development.

Sharma’s lawyer Amit Sahni said:“There is no official communication on the release. But… Continue Reading...

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