As it became clear by late Thursday night that actor Sanjay Dutt would be eventually lodged in Yerawada Central Prison in Pune,the jail authorities here said all arrangements,as granted by the Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) court in Mumbai,would be made in the jail.
Convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and sentenced to five-year rigorous imprisonment for possessing an automatic rifle,Dutt surrendered before the court on Thursday afternoon. He was initially sent to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai,where he was supposed to spend the night before being shifted elsewhere on Friday.
Sources,however,said it was later decided that he was likely to be moved to Yerawada late in the night.
Dutt has been allowed to bring his mattress,pillow,some religious books and other things of daily needs,such as toothpaste and shampoo.
A senior officer with the jail department said: Usually,when a court grants such things,its adds a rider that says if allowed by the rules. So,we will be giving him whatever the court has granted. This is what the judicial order that fits the rules says…this is the administrative mandate.
When contacted,Yerawada Jail Superintendent Yogesh Desai said: Things will be clear only after we get a copy of the court order. When asked in which section of the jail Dutt will be lodged,he said: It is too early to talk about it.
During the day,a number of mediapersons had gathered outside the jail premises. Around 9 pm,the local police put up barricades outside the jail. A senior officer said the barricades were put up as a precautionary measure.