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Jessica Lall's Sister Gives 'No Objection' To Release Murder Convict Manu Sharma From Tihar

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| April 23 , 2018 , 09:52 IST

Model Jessica Lall was murdered in 1999 for which Siddhartha Vashishta popularly known as Manu Sharma was convicted and given a life sentence in jail. As he completes 15 years in jail after his conviction, Jessica's sister has responded to Tihar Jail and given 'no objection' to the release of Sharma from jail, who was recently transferred to an 'open jail' system for good behaviour.

Sabrina's letter “in response" to the jail officer’s letter to her regarding “compensation and release of Sidhartha Vahishta s/o Venod Sharma convicted in FIR no 287/1999 under section 302 IPC", said that she had no objection to Manu Sharma's release since he had already served 15 years.

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“I would like to state I have no objection to his release, owing to the fact that he has spent 15 years in jail," wrote Sabrina.

“I am told that in this period he has been doing good work for charity and helping inmates in jail which I feel is a reflection of reform,’’ she said.

“He has served his sentences and I am done with it… In my own mind I have forgiven him. It will be like a catharsis to forgive and move on. I also need to get on with my life," Sabrina later said to TOI.

“I have never met him or any of his family members. I was very upset and hurt, and for many years we [she and her parents] were quite angry. But I think he has served enough for the crime he had committed. My parents passed away years ago. I do not want to hold a grudge and anger against him anymore. I have no objection if he comes out,” Sabrina said to The Hindu.

Sabrina also declined  ‘financial assistance from the victim welfare fund’ and wrote to the jail saying, “I do not require it and request you to give the same to others, who are more in need”.

While Manu Sharma has been in jail for 15 years, the last 6 months were in an 'open prison' allowing him to leave the prison premises during the day.

Jessica Lall had been bartending at a Delhi restaurant the Tamarind Court for a private party hosted by owner/designer Bina Ramani on April 29, 1999 when she was shot for refusing a drink to Manu Sharma.

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