Actor Sanjay Dutt decided to have a few bites of the chapati and sabzi cooked at the Arthur Road jail on Friday afternoon.
When surprised jail officials questioned him, Dutt reportedly told them he had eaten jail food at Yerawada prison during his earlier stint there.
“He has been allowed home-cooked food only for a month. Maybe he realises that he may not be granted permission later and may eventually have to
end up eating jail food,” said a jail official on condition of anonymity.
Sources from the jail said Dutt, along with other prisoners, woke up around 5am and was served breakfast at 7am. “A relative of his had come to deliver the food,” a source said.
The actor, who reportedly spent a restless night, was earlier said to be kept in barrack number 10, sources said he was taken to barrack number 12, which he shares with co-accused Yusuf Nulwala.
The two spent the morning and afternoon chatting with each other, sources said.
Barrack number 12 is the same one where legislators Ram Kadam and Kshitij Thakur were lodged after they assaulted a traffic constable.
However, what seems to be making the actor more uncomfortable is the fact that the high-security cell is the one where Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab was kept. In fact, Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, another accused in the 26/11 terror attacks case, is currently lodged on the first floor of the cell, while Dutt is on the ground floor.
According to Meeran Borwankar, additional director general of police, prisons, the actor may have to spend a few more days at Arthur Road. “So far a decision regarding which prison he will be shifted to has not been taken,” Borwankar said
A jail official said they expected Dutt to be housed there for at least three to four days more.
Three of the accused who surrendered before a special Tada court along with Dutt and Nulwala were transferred to Nashik jail on Thursday night, sources said.