Manu Sharma parole: Delhi govt seeks assistance of Solicitor General of India

Last Updated: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 22:27

New Delhi: Delhi Government has sought
assistance of Solicitor General of India Gopal Subrahmanium
in the Delhi High Court`s hearing relating to the case of
granting parole to Jessica Lal murder case convict Manu
Sharma.

"We have requested the Solicitor General of India to
appear for us in the hearing and he has agreed to it," a
senior official of Delhi Government told a news agency.

The Delhi High Court yesterday came down heavily on
the city government for giving preferential treatment to
Sharma in granting parole while neglecting such pleas of
"poor" people languishing in jail for years.

Sources said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit held a
meeting with Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta and Principal
Secretary (Home) J S Patnaik to discuss the issue.

The court directed the government to take an unbiased
approach while dealing with parole pleas and asked it to
decide all the 98 pending parole applications within a month.

Sharma was released from jail on parole on September
22 but he returned to Tihar jail on November 10 before
expiry of his two-month parole following mounting criticism
that he violated norms under which he was granted the benefit
by the Delhi Government.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 22:27
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