After spending 16 years in prison, the 62-year-old was given a brief bail in January. But when his 20 days outside were over, Sharma did not return to jail, according to Indian police.
On Wednesday – about six months after he disappeared – Indian police arrested Sharma in the country’s capital Delhi, where he had lived with a widow he had married after failing to return from parole.
When questioned, Sharma confessed that he had broken the conditions of parole and had not planned to return to prison, according to a news release Wednesday from Delhi police.
According to Delhi police, Sharma also went into detail about his criminal past.
After losing money in a scam, he got involved in a scheme selling fake gas cylinders. He then participated in a scheme involving illegal kidney transplants, and was arrested in 2004 for the case. According to police, he admitted to being involved in more than 125 such transplants, each earning from $ 6,680 to $ 9,350.
Sharma told police that he and others worked on another scheme in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. They hired taxis and then killed the drivers in isolated places, before dumping the bodies in a canal house to the crocodiles – meaning there was no chance the remains could be retrieved.
After the bodies were dumped, Sharma sold the taxis – in whole or in part – and made about $ 270 for each car.
Sharma eventually confessed to being the mastermind of the murder of more than 50 taxi drivers. However, he has been convicted of only a handful of those murders, according to police.