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Tandoor Murder Case accused goes from death sentence to lifer to parole, but still jailed

The Delhi high court on Thursday pulled up the state government for not releasing on parole former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma, convicted for the murder of his wife Naina Sahni and disposing of her body in a restaurant tandoor.

Justice Siddharth Mridul expressed unhappiness that despite court’s orders, Sharma was not released from the jail.

The court on Tuesday had ordered Sharma’s release on parole while observing that he has been in jail for over 20 years. The court had said that till his plea seeking remission and premature release is decided by the competent authority, he will remain out of jail.

Sharma’s counsel moved the court that despite its order, authorities did not release him.

The government however, during the hearing, assured the court that its order will be implemented.

Sharma, the prime accused in what was popularly known as the ‘Tandoor murder case’, had his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court in October 2013.

Suspecting his wife of infidelity, Sharma, in a fit of rage, shot her dead at their residence in Gole Market in New Delhi area on July 2, 1995. He then cut her body into pieces, stuffed it into a gunny bag and took it the open-air Bagiya Restaurant inside the erstwhile Ashok Yatri Niwas hotel and tried to burn it in the tandoor with the help of his friend, the restaurant manager.

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