Sanjay Dutt walked out of Yerwada Jail on Thursday morning with Rs 38.25 in his pocket — his prison earning for weaving bamboo chairs.
The Supreme Court had issued his release order on Wednesday and also announced his bail amount of Rs 5 lakh, but the actor was held back one more night as bail formalities were not complete.
In blue jeans, a white kurta and with a tilak on his forehead, the Munnabhai star waved to a small crowd that had gathered outside the jail to see him walk out after 38 days' confinement. He was sporting a new haircut and a beard.
He was taken away in a car at 9.45 am straight to the city's airport where a chartered plane was waiting for the actor.
The Maharashtra police seemed to have learnt a lesson on treating star convicts as no cop came to shake Dutt's hand this time. On August 23, when the actor walked out of Yerwada on interim bail, some grinning policemen approached him. The handshake-and-hug moment with the star landed the cops before a departmental inquiry panel.
Jail security staff were instructed not to go near the actor.
Accompanying Dutt out of jail was his friend and co-accused Yusuf Nulwalla.
If the apex court now rules against Dutt, he would be taken into custody again and will have to do six years in jail.