MHA seeks report on Sanjay Dutt’s parole extension
The home ministry has sought a report from the Maharashtra government over the extension of actor Sanjay Dutt’s parole. His parole was extended by 30 days on January 18, allowing him to stay outside the bars for four months out of the total 10 months since his conviction was upheld by the SC.india Updated: Feb 25, 2014 17:38 IST
The home ministry has sought a report from the Maharashtra government over the extension of actor Sanjay Dutt’s parole, TV channels reported on Monday.
The administration on January 18 extended Dutt’s parole by 30 days, thus allowing him to stay outside the bars for four months out of the total 10 months since his conviction was upheld by the Supreme Court.
Sanjay Dutt, who is serving a 42-month sentence at Yerwada jail since May 16 for the illegal possession of arms in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, was granted extension of parole based on his application in which he had cited wife Manyata’s illness as reason for relief.
Manyata is reported to be suffering from multiple ailments pertaining to liver and heart.
The 54-year-old actor, whose younger sister Priya is a member of Congress and a Lok Sabha MP, was first granted parole on December 21, barely one-and-half months after he was allowed to go on furlough leave for a month on medical grounds for the treatment of his legs.
Just when he was supposed to go back to Yerwada prison on January 21 after a month-long parole, the administration extended his parole till February 21 to allow him to stay by wife’s side when she underwent surgery.
Dutt’s ongoing parole will last till March 20.
The decision to grant extension in the parole of Dutt was taken by the divisional commissioner following the receipt of a positive report from the Khar police station, said officials at the divisional commissionerate.
Though actor Sanjay Dutt's case may not suggest it, for a prisoner, getting parole is usually a tedious process, requiring the family to do much running around, while an extension is even more difficult to come by.
Speaking to HT after Dutt was granted a second extension to his parole on Tuesday last week, on grounds of his wife Manyata's ill-health, former jail officials conceded that such extensions are a rarity, when compared with other parole application cases.
A former jail superintendent, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that all prisoners may not be treated equally when it comes to granting parole, and that 'influential prisoners' had it easier. "For a common prisoner, getting parole is a complicated process and requires his or her family member to devote a lot of time and energy. There are several levels of verification and the smallest errors can get derail the entire process. You also need to have a good lawyer."
He added, "In my experience, influential prisoners have managed to get parole more easily. At times, those more deserving of parole continue to languish in prisons."?
First Published: Feb 24, 2014 14:23 IST