It’s official: Sanjay Dutt will be out of Yerwada jail on February 25 after serving the five-year term after being convicted for his involvement in 1993 serial blasts. The actor has got the remission of more than eight months for his ‘good conduct’ and the work hours he contributed to in the jail.
A press statement issued by actor’s publicity agency has clarified the matter and confirmed the date of his release. HT was the first to report about the date of the actor’s release and him getting remission of 105 days. The statement stated, “Dutt, who has been serving the remainder of his five-year term in Yerwada will finish his term on February 25th, contrary to the media reports that have been stating various dates of his release.”
Sanjay Dutt got fullest remission despite controversy over ‘misusing’ leaves on furlough and parole. “There were reports of misuse of the exemption given under furlough and parole to the actor. But, according to us, he had taken the leaves he was entitled to,” said a home department official.
The actor has spent three-and-half years in jail, including the period spent as an undertrial. Dutt was convicted for illegal possession of an automatic assault rifle, a part of cache of arms and ammunition that landed ahead of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts in which 257 people were killed.
Meanwhile, a petition was filed in the Bombay High Court on January 7 seeking restrain Dutt’s early release. Pradeep Bhalekar, the petitioner, alleges that Dutt is getting a favour and there are 27,740 others prisoners in the state who deserve to be released on the same ground. The petition would come up for hearing next week, he said.