Sanjay Dutt was granted a 30-day parole after he moved an application citing his wife's illness and requesting that he needs to be at home to tend to her. He is likely to reach his Mumbai home on Saturday.
However, Maanyata Dutt was spotted attending two different film events in Mumbai on Thursday. She was present at actor Shahid Kapoor's special screening of his latest movie R.... Rajkumar at a studio in Juhu. She later attended Krishika Lulla's birthday party.
Sanjay Dutt with wife Maanyata. (AFP Photo)
Republican Party of India (RPI) activists on Saturday staged protests outside the Yerawada Jail in Maharashtra against the release of the actor. Sanjay is currently lodged in the jail for his role in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai.
Sanjay had earlier been granted a 14-day medical furlough at the beginning of October, which was extended further by another 14 days on health grounds. He was effectively at his Mumbai home all of October and returned to the prison on October 30.
Yogesh Desai, the jail superintendent of Yerawada Jail, said Dutt had submitted an application for the present parole along with his request for a medical furlough in October.
The 53-year-old actor was sent to jail in May to serve the remaining 42 months of his five-year sentence after being convicted of possessing illegal firearms in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.
Divisional commissioner Prabhakar Deshmukh confirmed the development on Friday. "The parole application was recommended by an ACP in the Mumbai Police and the jail superintendent of Yerawada prison. Considering these recommendations, I have approved Dutt's parole for 30 days. The reason for seeking leave was his wife's illness," he said.
Reacting to this development, advocate Abha Singh said: "Old Zaibunissa Kazi and Sanjay Dutt went to jail together. Yet, she has not been granted parole, but he (Dutt) has been granted parole repeatedly."