Siddharta Vashishtha, also known as Manu Sharma, the convict in the Jessica Lal murder case was released from Tihar Jail on Tuesday. Sandeep Goel, Director-General of Tihar Jail, said: “He was released on the recommendations of the Sentence Reviewing Board meeting. The entire process has been carried out.”
Manu has been released on the grounds of good conduct after spending 17 years in prison
The release comes after Delhi LT Governor Anil Baijal approved the release of Manu Sharma. Manu Sharma is among the 19 to be released on the recommendations of the Sentence Reviewing Board meeting held in the month of May.
Manu Sharma, son of former union minister Vinod Sharma, was serving a life sentence for shooting model Jessica Lal. Jessica had refused to serve him a drink at the Tamarind Court restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani at Qutub Colonnade in south Delhi’s Mehrauli area on the night of April 30, 1999.
Manu Sharma was sentenced by the Delhi High Court in December 2006 for killing Jessica Lal in 1999. His life sentence was to end in 2023.
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