The Delhi High Court On Tuesday extended the parole for r Jessica Lall murder-accused Manu Sharma till January 31. The 18-day parole was granted so that he can complete his LLB course and register his marriage.
The court granted permission after h made a request to attend his Personal Contact Programme in connection with his Bachelor of Laws degree course and reconnect with his friends and family. According to reports, Manu Sharma has also sought a month extension of his parole.
Personal Contact Programme in connection with his Bachelor of Laws degree course and re-establish social ties. "Keeping in view that petitioner (Sharma) has been granted parole by this court earlier also, the court is inclined to give him the relief till January 31," the court said.
On December 2016, the Delhi government had granted parole to Sharma for two weeks so that he could appear for his LLB exams. His two-week time would have ended on January 12. He has been given parole six times since September 2009.
Manu Sharma is the man who shot Jessica Lal point blank in the face for refusing him a drink. Son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, he was given life imprisonment by the high court in December 2006, while the trial acquitted him, the Delhi High Court had reversed it and the Supreme Court had upheld the life sentence in April 2010. But since then, Sharma has been granted parole six times.
Many still consider granting parole to someone who has been accused of cold-blooded murder to be a travesty. Angry tweets poured in questioning the logic behind letting the murderer walk scott-free, even if it was just for a few days.