The Hush Post: Jessica Lall’s sister Sabrina Lall says she has pardoned Manu Sharma. “There comes a time in your life when you have to move on. You have to just let go. I am a Christian. I cannot carry this all my life so I would rather forgive him than continue with his staying in jail.”
Sabrina wrote to Tihar authorities that she has “forgiven” Manu Sharma.
However, technically, since the cases of murder are not versus an individual but state, officials say the convict’s fate will be decided by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. This, after the jail’s Sentence Review Board (SRB) submitted a report.
Sabrina Lall had earlier written to prison Welfare Officer that she and her family wants to lead a normal life and has no objection if Manu Sharma, sentenced to undergo life imprisonment for murder, is let off from the Tihar Central Jail.
Manu Sharma shot Jessica from a point blank range when she refused to serve him drink at a party in South Delhi’s Tamarind Court. The incident took place on April 30, 1999.
In December 2006 reversed a decision by the trial court which had acquitted Manu Sharma from the case. The Supreme Court two months later upheld the HC verdict.
Sharma, son of a former Union Minister and Congress leader and liquor baron Venod Sharma, is lodged in the high security Tihar jail since his conviction.
The rules permit that a murder convict undergoing a life sentence can approach a review board to seek premature release. “But such application can be made only after undergoing actual imprisonment for a minimum of 14 years without remission, or 20 years with remission, depending on the case. The review board, however, has to consider the circumstances in which the crime was committed and possibility of the convict reclaiming his life as a useful member of society,” an official said.