Srinagar: The Supreme Court of India has directed release on bail of a murder convict from Jammu, taking into account his 14 years in jail.
“Since the appellant has already completed 14 years’ of jail sentence, in our opinion, he is entitled for grant of bail,” a division bench of Justices H.l. Dattu and S.A. Bobde said while hearing an appeal filed by one Lokesh Sharma against the judgment by J&K High court, upholding life imprisonment awarded to him by a local court for committing a murder.
“Accordingly, we direct that, during the pendency of this appeal, the appellant (Lokesh) be released on bail, subject to the satisfaction of the Trial Court,” the bench said.
Lokesh Sharma alias Pappu son of Om Parkash of Gangyal, District Jammu was convicted by Principal Sessions Judge, Jammu for the offences punishable under section 302 RPC and Sections 4/25 Arms Act for allegedly committing the murder of one Jagar Kumar alias Ujagar Ram of Shanker Colony Gangyal with a Kirch (sharp-edge weapon) on August 14, 1999 in Shanker Colony Gangyal.
The sentence slapped upon him by Sessions Court is life imprisonment under section 302 RPC and a fine of Rs. 10,000.
On May 14 last year, a division bench of J&K High Court found no merit in the appeal filed by Lokesh and subsequently dismissed it by upholding the conviction and sentence slapped upon him by the Sessions court.