Since his arrest in April 1993, Sanjay Dutt has been through numerous controversies and was accused of getting special treatment because of his celebrity status or because of his family’s political affiliations. Even after the actor’s release on Thursday, the actor still faces a PIL against remission of his sentence.
And the controversies continued to dog him even after he surrendered on May 16, 2013 and was sent to Yerwada jail to serve the remaining days of his sentence. The actor served 42 months of his remaining sentence for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle in the 1993 serial blasts case. But his sentence too was dotted with repeated furlough and parole, which at that time saw legal experts and others fume.
In October 2013, Dutt was granted furlough, which was later extended by 14 days. In December 2013, he was granted parole for 30 days, which was extended twice. The actor’s sister stood as guarantor and deposited Rs15,000 as surety.
The actor was once again released from the Yerwada jail in Pune on December 24, 2014 on furlough as he wanted to bring in the New Year with his family. He applied for an extension of his furlough which was not granted after it was criticized by the media. The number of furloughs and paroles Dutt got had come under intense scrutiny, and had forced the state government to constitute an inquiry to know if Dutt was granted leaves out of the way. But the inquiry found that Dutt got the leaves as stipulated in the law.
The actor once again applied for a 30-day parole in March, and after much deliberation was given parole in August 2015 for his daughter’s nose surgery.