From arrest to release: A complete, 23-year-long Sanjay Dutt timeline

Hindustan Times | By, Mumbai
Feb 25, 2016 11:45 AM IST

Sanjay Dutt will be released on Thursday morning after serving his sentence for his connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts case. Here is a complete timeline of his brushes with the law.

It was on August 26, 2015, when 56-year-old Sanjay Dutt was last released from jail on a 30-day parole.

Sanjay Dutt comes out from Khar Police station in Mumbai.(Hindustan Times)
Sanjay Dutt comes out from Khar Police station in Mumbai.(Hindustan Times)

Dutt was last spotted at Khar police station sporting a black shirt and new haircut, at a time when the police officials were busy handling the controversial Sheena Bora murder case. It possibly was the last time the actor had to report to a police station.

And Wednesday would possibly be the last time Dutt would spend time in a barrack as he readies himself to walk out of the Yerwada prison after serving a sentence of five years for being in possession of an AK-56 rifle and his connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Read: There is no easy walk to freedom, says Sanjay Dutt after being released

Here is a complete timeline of Sanjay Dutt’s relationship with the law since his arrest in 1993.

Dutt convicted to 5 years or 60 months in prison

Number of days spend in prison from 1993 to 2007: 551 days

Number of days Dutt spend in prison since May 16 2013: 894 days

Number of days out of parole: 120 days

Number of days out on furlough: 44 days

• April 19, 1993 – Sanjay Dutt was arrested under TADA and the Arms Act for his role in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

• May 5, 1993 – He was released on bail.

• July 4, 1994 – His bail was cancelled and he was re-arrested.

• November 4, 1993: Nearly eight months after the serial blasts, primary charge sheet running to more than 10,000 pages were filed against 189 accused including actor Sanjay Dutt.

• October 16, 1995: Sanjay Dutt granted bail by Supreme Court.

• November 2006 - The TADA court found Sanjay Dutt guilty under Arms Act but acquitted him under TADA.

• July 2007 – He was convicted and sentenced to six year jail term.

• August 2, 2007 – He was re-arrested and taken to Yerwada prison in Pune

• August 20, 2007 – He was granted bail by Supreme Court.

• March 21, 2013 – Supreme Court sends Sanjay Dutt to five year in jail and asked him to surrender within four weeks.

• April 15, 2013 – Dutt’s advocate made an oral request to court to allow the actor to directly surrender before the jail and not before the special court.

• April 17, 2013: the Apex court granted time of four weeks to Dutt to surrender before the special court.

• April 20, 2013: The Actor moved a review petition against the March 21 judgement of the apex court.

• May 10, 2013: The Apex court rejected the review petition of the actor.

• May 16, 2013: Dutt surrenders and is send to Yerwada Prison in Pune

• October 2, 2013: Dutt is granted furlough for two weeks, and is extended by two weeks till October 29

• October 30, 2013: Dutt returns to prison

• December 6, 2013: Dutt granted parole for 30 days

Watch | Sanjay Dutt walks out of Pune’s Yerwada jail as a free man

• January, 2014: Granted first parole extension of 30 days

• February 18, 2014: Granted second extension of 30 days

• December 23, 2014: Granted furlough

• January 10, 2015: Dutt returns to prison after his plea for extension is turned down

• August 26, 2015: Dutt is released of parole

• February 25, 2016: Dutt is released from Jail

Read: Sanjay Dutt release: Trishala shares videos in celebration

Charges on the actor

Sanjay Dutt coming out of the Yerawada jail on a 14-day parole.
Sanjay Dutt coming out of the Yerawada jail on a 14-day parole.

• Criminal conspiracy: Not guilty as conspiracy not established

• Section 3(3) of TADA: Not guilty as intention of aiding and abetting terrorism not established

• Section 5 of TADA Act: Not guilty as prima facie the possession has direct nexus with terrorist activities not established

• Section 6 of TADA Act: Not guilty as possession of arms and ammunition with intent to aid terrorists not established.

• Section 3 and 7 read with sections 25 (1-A) and (1-B) of Arms Act: Found guilty

• Speculation of sentence: Under section 7 read with section (1-A) of Arms Act, the minimum punishment is five years and a maximum of 10 years.

• Under section 3 read with (1-B) of Arms Act the punishment is from 1 to 3 years.

• In 1995, Dutt had made a representation before the advisory committee of the state that the charges of TADA against him should be dropped and if at all he is charged, he should be charged under Arms Act.

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