New Delhi: Delhi government was today asked by the Delhi High Court to respond to the plea of Siddharth Vashisht, alias Manu Sharma, undergoing life term for killing model Jessica Lall, seeking a month's parole to appear in post-graduation exam scheduled to start from December 30. Issuing a notice to the government, Justice Hima Kohli sought a status report by December 18 on Sharma's plea for parole.
Sharma, son of former Union Minister Venod Sharma, was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing Jessica Lall in 1999, and he moved the high court seeking parole to prepare for and appear in his second semester exams in post-graduation in Human Rights. In his plea, he said he has to "prepare master thesis, field report, study report, case study report and select a guide as required for completion of the post graduation course".
Claiming that on November 27, 2013 the Superintendent of Tihar jail had forwarded his application for grant of parole to the government, the convict said till date no order has been passed by the government and he is aggrieved by it.
Reversing the trial court\'s acquittal order, the Delhi High Court had awarded life sentence to him in December 2006 in the murder case and the Supreme Court had upheld the high court order against him in April 2010. Lall was shot dead by Sharma after she had refused to serve him liquor at the Tamarind Court restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani at Qutub Colonnade in south Delhi's Mehrauli.
Updated Date: Dec 13, 2013 19:49:07 IST