Two days after the Bombay High Court ordered Maharashtra government to justify its decision to release Sanjay Dutt from the prison early in relation to the 1993 serial blasts case, a media report has surfaced saying that the state’s prison department has stated it followed the government’s rules and didn’t provide the Bollywood star any privilege.
Last year, in February, almost 8 months before the completion of his sentence, he was released from prison on account of “good conduct” during his stay in the Yerwada prison in Pune.
BK Upadhyay, Additional Director General of Police told Bollywood Life, “Since matter is in Honourable HC, prison deptt will submit its reply in the court.No statement in this regard has been issued as the matter is subjudice. Regards.”
The Maharashtra Prison Department, thereafter presented a report which stated that Sanjay’s Dutt’s release was in accordance to the rules levied by the Maharashtra Government and that the actor was given no special treatment in the case.
The court then directed the state government to file an affidavit stating what parameters were considered and the procedures followed while deciding that Dutt deserved leniency.
On July 31, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years’ rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. In 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling but reduced the sentence to five years following which he surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence. During his imprisonment, the 56-year-old actor was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and later again for 30 days.