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Jessica case: HC asks AAP govt to decide Manu Sharma’s parole

The Delhi High Court on Monday asked the AAP government to decide in three days the parole plea of Manu Sharma, undergoing life term for killing model Jessica Lall in 1999.

“The government of National Capital Territory of Delhi is directed to dispose of the application/representation of the petitioner (Sharma) within three days from the date of receipt of this order,” Justice Pratibha Rani said.

The court said the order passed by the government should be communicated immediately to the petitioner and his counsel through the jail superintendent.

The direction came on plea by Sharma, who sought three months’ parole to enable him appear for LLB second semester exams from December 31, attend his Personal Contact Programme and re-establish social ties. Advocate Amit Sahni, appearing for Sharma, said three month was required as the convict has to appear before the Registrar in Chandigarh on January 19 next year. He said the government has not yet taken any decision on the application since October this year. Additional Standing Counsel Sanjay Lao, appearing for the government, 

then said the application filed by the petitioner seeking parole shall be disposed of expeditiously.
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