Early release for murderers of Jessica Lall, Priyadarshani Mattu and Naina Sahni? Decision tomorrow

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The SRB had in its meeting June this year deliberated upon the names of Santosh Singh, Manu Sharma and Sushil Sharma, but had postponed the decision until the next meeting.

The Hush Post: All eyes will be on the Delhi’s Sentence Review Board (SRB) on Thursday as it decides if the high-profile convicts in sensational murder cases of Priyadarshani Mattu, Jessica Lall and Naina Sahni be set free from the prison or not. The board will take a call on the future of around 200 convicts including Santosh Singh, Manu Sharma and Sushil Sharma.

Santosh Singh was convicted for the rape and murder of Delhi University student Priyadarshini Mattoo in 1996. Santosh Singh is in jail since 2006 when he was convicted by the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court had in 2010 commuted his death sentence into life imprisonment.

Manu Sharma is serving life imprisonment for the murder of model Jessica Lall in 1999.

Sushil Sharma had been convicted of murdering his wife Naina Sahni in 2006 in the infamous Tandoor murder case. He is undergoing life sentence.

The SRB had in its meeting June this year deliberated upon the names of Santosh Singh, Manu Sharma and Sushil Sharma, but had postponed the decision until the next meeting.  The three may be released early for displaying ‘good conduct’ in jail.

Delhi Home minister Satyendra Jain, Director-General (Prisons), Home secretary, Law secretary, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), a district judge and the chief probation officer appointed by the government are a part of the Sentence Review Board.

It is pertinent to note that Jessica Lall’s sister Sabrina Lall had in March written a letter to Tihar Jail officials, stating that she had no objections to an early release of Manu Sharma.

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