Actress Vidya Balan has reacted to the release of Manu Sharma, convicted of Jessica Lal murder case. In fact, Siddharth Vashisht alias Manu Sharma, who is serving life imprisonment in Tihar Jail in the capital Delhi’s famous model Jessica Lal murder case, was released on June 1 night. Manu Sharma, son of former Haryana minister Vinod Sharma, has served a 17-year sentence in the Jessica Lal murder case. He was in open prison for almost a quarter of a year. In 1999, he murdered model Jessica Lal. Talking to The Quint, Vidya Balan said that no time in jail is enough for her. But one can hope that his heart has indeed changed now.
Vidya further says that to tell the truth, only such people are in jail. He may have become a good person, I hope. Just now a human being can expect that he must have changed after spending so much time in jail.
Let me tell you that Vidya Balan played Jessica Lal’s sister Sabrina in the film ‘No One Killed Jessica’. The film was directed by Raj Kumar Gupta. The film featured Sabrina’s struggles she faced during her sister’s marder. What struggles he faced to get justice.
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On the night of 29 April 1999, Jessica Lal was shot dead while refusing to serve alcohol during a party at Tamarind Court Restaurant in South Delhi. Jessica Lal started modeling to cover household expenses. She used to work as a part time in a Delhi pub where she was murdered.
On 6 May 1999, Manu surrendered before a Chandigarh court after an FIR was registered on the matter and media headlines were made. On August 3, 1999, a charge sheet was filed against the accused in the Jessica Lal murder case under various sections of the IPC. Later the magistrate court handed over the case to the sessions court. While one witness Malini Ramani had identified Manu Sharma, later restaurant and bar mistress Bina Ramani also identified Manu.
The trial court acquitted Manu Sharma for lack of evidence. In 2006, the Delhi Police filed an appeal in the Delhi High Court against this decision. On December 18, 2006, the High Court convicted Manu Sharma and on December 20, 2006, the High Court sentenced Manu Sharma to life imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 50,000.
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This decision of the Delhi High Court was challenged in the Supreme Court on 2 February 2007 by Manu Sharma. The Supreme Court upheld Manu’s life sentence on April 19, 2010, after a hearing that lasted for more than three years.
It is to be known that Jessica Lal’s younger sister Sabrina Lal fought a long legal battle to punish Manu Sharma. Sabrina’s forgiveness statement has played an important role in Manu’s release as well. In the year 2018, Sabrina Lal said that she has forgiven Manu Sharma and if she is released she will have no objection.