Release tandoor killer Sushil Sharma from jail: Delhi High Court

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Release tandoor killer Sushil Sharma from jail: Delhi High Court

Sushil Sharma killed his wife Naina in the 1995 and attempted to destroy her remains by burning the chopped parts in a clay oven or tandoor

The Delhi High Court has ordered that Sushil Sharma, who was convicted for killing his wife Naina Sahni, be immediately released from jail. Sharma has been in jail for around 20 years now and the Delhi government earlier this year had rejected his plea for early release.

Sharma killed his wife Naina in the summer of 1995. After killing Naina, Sharma, according to the police, chopped her body and attempted to destroy the remains by burning the chopped parts in a tandoor. This led to Naina Sahni's murder being dubbed 'tandoor murder' in the media.

After the Delhi government rejected his plea for early release, Sharma approached the Delhi High Court for relief.

During the previous hearing, the the Delhi High Court had asked the Delhi government why it refused to release Sharma even though he had served his sentence.

THE TANDOOR MURDER

One of the policemen who investigated the tandoor murder case was Maxwell Pereira, renowned as one of India's most high-profile police officers. This year, he published a book on the murder.

In the book, Pereira writes that Sushil Sharma, who was a Congress MLA, murdered Naina in drunken rage at the couple's home. Sharma suspected Naina of having an affair, suspicions that boiled over on July 2, 1995.

He shot Naina twice, killing her almost instantly. After murdering her, Sharma first decided to dispose of her body by dumping it in the Yamuna.

However, the bridge over Yamuna was full of cars and eyewitnesses and so, Sharma junked it plans. It was then he thought of burning Naina's remains in a tandoor at a restaurant operated by a friend.

"As Naina's body burn[t], Sushil pause[d]," Pereira wrote his book (read an excerpt here). "Yeh maine kya kar diya? Yeh mujhse kya ho gaya? (What have I done? How could I have done this?)" Sharma asked himself.