A smile was the only reaction actor Sanjay Dutt reportedly displayed when a jail staffer instinctively conveyed the news flash to him about his interim bail granted by the Supreme court on Monday, sources said.
The "Munnabhai" of the silver screen, who assumed a new identity -- "Qaidi" no C-15170-- after he was lodged in Yeravada Central prison on August 2 following conviction by a special TADA court for the 1993 serial bomb blasts, is said to be trying his hand at weaving of bamboo chairs under `cane work' category of manual labour.
"He picked it up in just one day and has been doing it all right", a jail official said on the condition of anonymity.
Dutt's release on bail would not be given effect on the basis of any faxed copy of the Supreme court order. The actor would be set free only after TADA Court headed by Justice Kode writes to Yeravada prison authorities, on perusal of the original bail order produced before him, official sources added.
Television channel crew swarmed outside the prison premises after the news on Dutt's bail got circulated, also attracting a crowd of curious onlookers.
The official sources, however, said the whole process would in all probability spill over Tuesday.