Sanjay Dutt is once again caught amid fresh round of controversy in relation to Mumbai’s 1993 serial blast case. The 57-year-old actor was earlier sentenced to five years of imprisonment for possessing arms, that were reportedly a part of the cargo used in the 1993 blast.On July 31, The TADA court in Mumbai, sentenced him to six years’ rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. The court later reduced the sentence to five years.
Two days ago Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra government to justify its decision to grant Dutt an early release from prison. 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. (ALSO READ: Bombay HC orders Maharashtra Government to justify its decision to grant Sanjay Dutt an early release)
The court directed the State government to file an affidavit to look into the matter that allowed Dutt an early release after a public interest litigation was filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar challenging the leave of absence granted to Dutt during his prison sentence. During 2013 and 2014, the actor was out of jail for nearly 5 months and then again in 2015, he was granted a 30-day parole to attend to his daughter, who underwent a nose surgery.