Vidya Balan on Jessica Lal's murder convict's release: Don't think any time in jail is enough

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New Delhi, Delhi, india Updated: Jun 05, 2020, 12:12 PM IST
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Vidya Balan had played the role of Sabrina Lal, Jessica’s sister in 2011 film, ‘No One Killed Jessica’

The much-publicised Jessica Lal murder case convict Manu Sharma who was serving a life sentence was released from Tihar Jail this week, on grounds of good behaviour. While it has raised eyebrows, Vidya Balan who essayed the role of Sabrina Lal, Jessica’s sister in 2011 film, ‘No One Killed Jessica’ has spoken on the matter.

Quoted in a report by Quint, Vidya said, “Personally speaking, I don’t think any amount of time for him or for people like him in jail is enough. So that will always play in my mind. Yes, maybe he has turned a new leaf. I hope he has. I hope he is a reformed person.”

‘No One Killed Jessica’ documented what happened one fateful night when Jessica was murdered. She was a 34-year-old model working at the Tamarind Court restaurant in south Delhi's Mehrauli when she was shot dead by Manu Sharma for refusing to serve him alcohol. Sharma was the son of former Haryana Congress leader, Venod Sharma.

Jessica was rushed to a hospital in Delhi but she was pronounced dead upon arrival. The case became an instant issue of outrage in the national media leading to justice system fast-tracking the case.