Actor Sanjay Dutt’s Freedom Short Lived?
Mumbai: Actor Sanjay Dutt might be jailed again, with the Maharashtra Government telling Bombay High Court on Thursday that the actor will have to return to jail if he was allowed parole based on his VIP status.
The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed against the early release of Sanjay Dutt. Responding to the petition, the court had in June asked the State government to justify its decision that allowed the actor to leave jail eight months ahead of his release.
The judges also asked the State Government to define and explain the criteria for assessing “good behaviour”, as Sanjay Dutt was released on that premise.
It may be recalled that the actor had been given parole on various occasions while he was serving his sentence, which add up to more than 100 free days. This had become the basis for resentment amongst others.
“If the rules were flouted in giving him (Sanjay Dutt) parole or furlough, then the government has no objection in sending him back to jail,” the lawyer representing Maharashtra Government told the Bombay High Court on Thursday.
The Supreme Court had convicted the actor in 2013 for acquiring illegal guns from those convicted for 1993 Mumbai serial bombings, which killed more than 250 people. However, in 2007, he was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts, but was found guilty of illegal possessing an AK-56 rifle and a pistol.
The actor had spent 18 months in prison and was released on bail, till the Supreme Court ordered him back to Yerwada Central Jail in Pune for completing his sentence.