The Delhi High court on Friday ordered ‘forthwith’ release of the famous ‘Tandoor Murder Case’ convict, Sushil Sharma after 23 years. Sharma is serving a life sentence in a case pertaining to the killing of his wife Naina Sahni in 1995.

Sharma, who was the then Youth Congress leader, was accused of killing his wife Naina Sahni. Sushil Sharma in a fit of anger killed his wife, chopped her body parts and put it into the tandoor of a famous restaurant.

According to a news report, policemen who were patrolling the area saw thick smoke coming from the tandoor and found Naina Sahni’s dismembered, half-burnt body. Sharma had escaped the scene but was arrested after a week.

The division bench of Justice Sidharth Mridul and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal held that the division of sentence review board, which recently rejected Sharma’s premature release from jail, is arbitrary, whimsical and illegal.

The bench also said that the Supreme Court in 2013 had already committed his death sentence to life sentence. Furthermore, the court also said there is no evidence to show that the convict cannot be reformed and rehabilitated, and he also needs to take care of his parents who are above 80 years of age.

In 2013, the Supreme Court commuted Sushil Sharma’s death sentence to life imprisonment. Sharma’s counsel had pleaded that the case did not fall in the rarest of the rare category; he had also submitted that the conviction was entirely based on the circumstantial evidence, and death penalty cannot be awarded.

According to reports, Sharma’s wife Naina Sahni was claimed to have an illegitimate extramarital affair with Matloob Karim, an old friend of hers. 

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