Sanjay Dutt Can Be Sent To Jail If Rules Were Flouted: Maharshtra Government Tells High Court

The state government maintained that if rules were flouted in giving parole or furlough to Sanjay Dutt, the government has no objection in sending him back to jail

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Sanjay Dutt Can Be Sent To Jail If Rules Were Flouted: Maharshtra Government Tells High Court
The Maharashtra government on Thursday told Bombay High Court that Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who completed his term and was released in February 2016, can be sent back to jail if it's found that any rules were flouted in giving parole or furlough.

Questioning the state's justification of not giving special treatment to Sanjay Dutt, the court asked, "Within two months from his surrender on May 16, 2013, how could authorities allow his parole and furlough leave application concurrently.”

The Bombay High Court has given further two weeks time to the state government to explain its chronology of leave granted to Sanjay Dutt, and also for them to explain criteria behind ascertaining good conduct for granting remission in sentence.

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Sanjay Dutt When He Was In Jail

On July 17, The Maharashtra Government presented an affidavit at the Bombay High Court justifying its decision of early release of Sanjay Dutt, an accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case.

According to an ANI report, the state government presented a calculation of his remission and mentioned that all prison rules were followed.

The total parole leave mentioned in the affidavit is four months and furlough leave is one month and 14 days.

The affidavit also mentioned that Dutt was not found guilty of all the other offences for which he was charged and, accordingly, acquitted for all the said offences.

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Sanjay Dutt's Upcoming Movie Bhoomi

Dutt was sentenced to five years in jail for his role in the 1993 blasts case. He served his sentence in Yerawada Central Prison in Pune for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle.

On July, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years' rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act and imposed a fine of Rs. 25,000.

In 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling, but reduced the sentence to five years following which he surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence.

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