Once in jail, actor Sanjay Dutt’s earnings would be cut drastically — from the crores that he gets for a movie to maximum Rs. 40 a day for working in one of the industries run at the jail.
The last time he was in Pune’s Yerwada jail as an undertrial, Dutt opted for caning of chairs. As a convict he can instead opt for carpentry, weaving, agriculture or bakery work, as he will have to put in “hard labour”. His options, however, depend on which prison he would be lodged in, as different prisons have different industries.
As to which prison he will be sent to, is yet to be decided by the prisons department. He may be sent to Yerwada jail yet again. Thane, Taloja and Nagpur jails are some of the other options.
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Dutt’s conviction for illegal possession of a weapon in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. The 53-year-old, who has already served 18 months out of the five-year sentence, has four weeks to surrender before a Mumbai court.
A prison official said, “Dutt will have to wake up at 7.30am and put in five hours of hard labour after tea and breakfast. He, along with the other convicts, would be served food around noon. Following some rest they would work for another hour after which they get time for recreation. Around 6.30pm, prisoners have to return to their cells and soon after they are served dinner.”
The officer added that apart from donning a jail uniform replete with a batch number, Dutt would no longer have access to home-cooked food. “Also, a convict can meet his family and lawyers only once in 15 days.”
Dutt might get a reprieve of seven days in a month for good behaviour. “This would be deducted from the total quantum of his sentence,” the official said.
Grant of pardon not easy: legal experts
In the wake of key Bollywood personalities and Press Council chief Markandey Katju seeking pardon for Sanjay Dutt, legal experts say it is not so easy for the governor to grant Dutt a reprieve. Though of the opinion that pardon can be granted, former Maharashtra state advocate general Ravi Kadam said, “The governor would have to give reasons even if he has the power to do so.”
Criminal lawyer, Arfan Sait, too echoed his views saying the governor has to exercise his decision fairly and on the advice of the council of ministers, otherwise the decision can even be challenged by way of a public interest litigation.