Nearly 19 years after Jessica Lal was on April 29, 1999, shot dead at a private party hosted at a South Delhi pub, her sister Sabrina Lal has said that she holds no grudge against convict Manu Sharma, lodged at Delhi's Tihar jail for over 15 years now.
A letter written to a Tihar jail officialConfirming that she had sent such a letter, Lall told TOI, "He has served his sentences and I am done with it..." The sentencing was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2010.
As per the reports by the NDTV, Manu Sharma is supposedly working with an NGO dealing with the welfare of the children of the prisoners. When Jessica Lall refused to serve him a drink late at night, a furious Manu Sharma whipped out his gun and shot her at point blank range, said witnesses.
"His (Manu Sharma's) conviction was closure for me", Sabrina Lall said today and added that "it's not so much about forgiveness but about letting go of a burden". She said she had forgiven the man who killed her sister and won't object if he was released.
Manu Sharma alias Siddharth Vashista is serving life-term in Tihar for the murder of model Jessica Lal.
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"I do not require financial assistance from the victim welfare fund and request you to give the same to others, who are more in need".
His acquittal by a trial court sparked outrage and protests across the country until the case was readmitted in 2006 in the Delhi High Court which held him guilty of murder.
"I would like to state I have no objection to his release, owing to the fact that he has spent 15 years in jail", Sabrina Lall said in the letter.
Jessica was shot dead at a Delhi restaurant in 1999 when she was bartending at a party hosted by designer Bina Ramani. I thought it is okay if Manu Sharma walks free. He also reportedly helps inmates' children with their education. Twelve years ago, Sabrina Lal accused Manu Sharma of killing her sister after which Sharma was sentenced life imprisonment.
Sharma has spent around 15 years in prison from the time he was arrested.