Sanjay Dutt’s plea to extend 14 days’ furlough accepted
Actor Sanjay Dutt was granted 14 days’ extension of leave of furlough by the state prisons department, Pune. Dutt, who is serving a 42-month sentence under the Arms Act, was released from the Yerawada Central Prison on October 1 after being sanctioned 14-days leave of furlough.
Rajendra Dhamne, deputy inspector general of prisons (western region), told TOI, “Dutt had sought further extension of furlough on medical ground immediately after his release which was considered after examining his medical certificate and after receiving a positive report from the Mumbai police.” According to Dhamne, Dutt’s furlough was extended by two weeks from October 16. Furlough excludes the period of travel, which means Dutt is required to surrender at the jail on October 30 after his leave period ends the previous day. Dhamne did not specify the medical reasons mentioned by Dutt in his plea for seeking extension of his leave.
Dutt’s furlough order was passed in the last week of September, but he could not be released then as his family had sought time to meet the conditions. His sister Namrata had deposited security of Rs 20,000, following which he was released. His furlough application was filed three months ago.
The actor was held guilty only under the Arms Act for illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle before the 1993 bomb blasts that killed 257 people in Mumbai. The designated court had not found him guilty under the anti terror law TADA and had even declared that he was not a terrorist.
The Supreme Court had upheld his conviction but brought down his original six year sentence to five years. Since he had completed less than two years in jail in his earlier stints during and after the trial ended, he had to surrender to serve out his remaining imprisonment term and has been lodged at the Yerawada jail.
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