New Delhi, Nov 10 (ANI): Manu Sharma, the man serving a life sentence for the murder of model Jessica Lal, returned to the Tihar Jail here on Tuesday, almost two months after being out on parole. Sharma re-entered the jail after generating public ire and controversy for violating his parole terms.
His return to jail came hours after actor Arjun Rampal confirmed that Sharma was partying at Rampal's nightclub. The Delhi government has reportedly asked for CCTV footage of the actor's restaurant - the Lap Bar - and deputed some policemen to verify if Sharma, who was out on parole, was indeed present at the bar. Sharma had stated his mother's illness and late grandfather's last rites as reasons for asking for parole.
Sharma's antics have caused a furor, especially after Sharma's supposedly ill mother was seen attending a function in Chandigarh.
The last two times Jessica Lall's killer was caught on camera were on February 2, 2007 when he had moved the Supreme Court challenging his conviction by the High Court, and earlier on December 20, 2006 when he had walked into court to hear his fate.
Sharma had cited: 'Family affairs' as a reason to avail the first 30 days of parole from September 22 this year. He said he wanted to perform 'Pind dan' or ancestral rites of his deceased grandmother, "maintaining social ties with friends and relatives, to attend an aging mother and to maintain his supervision of neglected business."
Sharma was granted a further thirty-day extension to attend to his business, where he is the MD and currently a major shareholder.
Sharma had clearly used loopholes in the judicial system to his advantage.
Sabrina Lal, Jessica Lal's sister has questioned Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's reasoning for giving parole to Sharma. (ANI)