No early releases for Three high-profile convicts

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Three men arrested in three high-profile murder cases in the Capital, who are serving life terms in jail, will not get an early release from prison.

The Delhi government Sentence review board on Thursday rejected the applications for early releases of convicts in the Jessica Lal, Priyadarshini Mattoo and Tandoor murder cases.

Manu Sharma is convicted for the murder of Jessica Lal in a south Delhi restaurant in 1999. Whereas, Santosh Kumar Singh is convicted for the murder of law student Priyadarshini Mattoo in 1996 and Sushil Sharma is convicted for the murder of his wife in 1995.

The Delhi Sentence Review Board, which is headed by Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain, reviewed the applications of the three convicted criminals and rejected them.

However, Jessica’s sister Sabrina has said that she has forgiven Manu Sharma and has no objections on his early release.

The death sentence of Santosh Kumar Singh convicted for the rape and murder of Priyadarshini Mattoo was also commuted to life sentence by the apex court, few years ago.

Sushil, a former Youth Congress leader, had initially been awarded the death penalty. However, his death penalty was commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court in October 2013.