New Delhi: The plea for three-month-long
parole of a convict in the 1999 Jessica Lall murder case for
searching a rented accommodation for his family was today
turned down by the Delhi High Court.
Amardeep Singh Gill, who is serving A four-year jail term
along with Manu Sharma, sentenced to life imprisonment in the
case, had sought the parole for searching another house on
rent in Gurgaon for his wife and two children as his present
landlord has given a notice terminating the tenancy.
"Unless there is emergency situation, I am not inclined
to grant him parole. It is not possible to grant parole for
such a long period," Justice ML Mehta said.
The court, however, said that Gill can be granted custody
parole for three to four days for the purpose.
The convict had moved the court after the Delhi
government rejected his plea in October last year following a
report from Delhi Police that he could jump the parole as his
family did not have a permanent address.
The petition referred to his "good" conduct during the
13-year-long trial and in jail.
It also attached reports from the DCP (Gurgaon),
verifying the address and family details of Gill and a
favourable opinion on his conduct in jail.
Gill, a former MNC executive and Vikas Yadav, son of
controversial Uttar Pradesh politician DP Yadav, were held
guilty for the offence of destruction of evidence and were
awarded four years jail term.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had upheld conviction of
Sharma, son of Congress leader and former Union minister Venod
Sharma, Yadav and Gill in the case.
Lall was shot dead on April 29, 1999 at the Tamarind
Court Cafe restaurant of socialite Bina Ramani at Qutub