Jessica Lall killer moves HC seeking grant of leave of absence

Manu Sharma, serving life term for killing Jessica Lall, moved Delhi HC seeking direction to Jail authority to decide his plea for 3 weeks` furlough.

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2012, 23:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Siddhartha Vashist, alias Manu Sharma, serving life term for killing model Jessica Lall, on Friday moved Delhi High Court seeking a direction to Tihar Jail authority to decide his plea for three weeks` furlough (leave of absence) which has been pending for several months.

Issuing a notice to the city government, Justice V K Shali sought a response by September 17 on Sharma`s plea seeking the order to the Director General (Prison) to decide his application for furlough in accordance with the government`s parole/furlough guidelines.

Sharma, son of former minister Venod Sharma, said he has applied for three weeks leave in December 2010 as he is eligible for furlough in accordance with the guidelines which were framed by the government following the High Court`s order on a PIL in 2009.

He claimed he was given certification of excellence for his contribution in modernisation of jail factory and also reports filed by the Chandigarh District Magistrate and also Delhi police in his favour but the jail authority has not decided his plea for furlough.

PTI