A blame-game has erupted between Delhi government and the police on the issue of parole to Jessica Lall murder convict Manu Sharma with the government saying it followed the procedure for the action and accusing the police of not informing it about his presence in a bar in New Delhi.
The government has submitted a report to Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna, justifying the parole granted to Sharma saying it followed all the laid down procedures. The report said Delhi Police was given "all the parole conditionalites" and the government could have cancelled the parole had the police informed it after spotting him at the bar in Delhi on Saturday, a senior official said. "It is their fault. They were aware about the parole conditionalities. Then why did they not inform us after spotting him at a bar on Saturday? We could have cancelled his parole," the official said.
The report came in the backdrop of Delhi Police's claim that it had opposed the parole to Manu Sharma, son of Haryana Congress leader Venode Sharma. The report, the official said, also justified the government's decision to rely on the report given by the Chandigarh police for granting Sharma parole. "He is a resident of that town. We have not committed any wrong by relying on the report of Chandigarh police," the official said. A controversy erupted soon after Manu, along with a friend Sahil Dhingra, was seen at LAP Lounge Bar last week in violation of his parole norms which prescribed him to be only in Chandigarh. PTI