Pune | Bollywood actor and Mumbai Blast Convict Sanjay Dutt has been sanctioned 30 days parole by the authorities here today.
Dutt was convicted under the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons in the 1993 blast case and was serving five-year jail term.
He had applied for the parole in June citing the reason of ill-health of his daughter and required a urgent nose surgery.
According to the Jail sources here, the Parole granted to the actor as his daughter has to undergo a nose surgery.
The Parole application was sanctioned by Pune Divisional Commissioner two days ago and the actor may be released from Yerawada jail by tomorrow after completion of formalities including surety.
Since his sentence began in May 2013, the actor has been out of jail for 146 days.
In October 2013, Dutt was granted furlough only to be extended by another 14 days. Then in January 2014, he was granted parole for 30 days, which was extended for 60 days. He was again granted furlough of 14 days in December 2014, which was not extended after massive criticism in media.
According to an jail official, the furlough is the right of the prisoner under which he gets 28 days of exemption in a year, while the parole is granted in extremely exceptional cases such as natural calamities, ill-health of prisoner or his family members. The parole is granted for 30 days and could be extended twice with 30 days each in a year.
Vijay Satbir Sigh, Principal Secretary, (Home) said, ”We have been informed that the Pune Divisional Commissioner has approved the Parole application and Dutt will be out after completing the
formalities.” Dutt’s counsel had made a request to the Home Department in the last week of July, requesting the instructions to the Divisional Commissioner within the stipulated period of 45 days of the application. Moreover, the actor is likely to get remission of 30 days at the end of the completion of the jail term.
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