It refers to news that sister of deceased Jessica Lall has now pleaded release of the convict Manu Sharma because she believes that behaviour of Manu Sharma in jail has been good. Enjoying seven paroles in total nine-years prison of the money-tycoon also being son of a heavyweight politician has witnessed so many controversies and violation of parole-rules. How can it be expected to have an exemplary good behaviour inside the prison, who played havoc while on parole. He was spotted in a night-club while he was on parole to meet her so-termed seriously ill mother. He even had a pub-brawl with son of former top cop of Delhi, making his parole-term reduced by 12 days. There are other similar accusations but denied by his lawyers in absence of any proof.
Criminal cases are cases against society and family members of the deceased in murder cases as such must not have any right in interfering the system like including pardoning as rightly suggested by Neelam Katara, mother of murdered son Nitish Katara. Even family members of victims of infamous Uphaar-tragedy have echoed likely.
Any relaxation in jail-sentence to Manu Sharma will send wrong signals holding that the law is soft for rich and influential making unnecessary apprehensions in minds of commoners about role of money and influence in any such reduction in jail-sentence.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal
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