Sanjay Dutt is a free man today (February 26) after serving his jail term of 42 months, as a part of his five-year sentence after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case.
Sanjay Dutt’s daughter Trishala, who is based out of New York, tweeted her excitement ahead of her father’s release. And Trishala fondly calls her father ‘her lion’.
Trishala has been counting days and been posting videos of her father doing the countdown. She wrote on twitter, “SO excited for dad to come home!!! It’s almost time!!! :D.”
SO excited for dad to come home!!! It’s almost time!!! :D
— TRISHALA DUTT (@Trishala_Dutt) February 24, 2016
The 56-year-old actor, on whom investment worth crores of rupees was riding when he was convicted by the special TADA court in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, will be carrying with him Rs 440 he earned during his jail stay. (PHOTOS: Sanjay Dutt to release from jail on February 25: Will carry Rs 440 earned during jail stay, fly to Mumbai after release)
Trishala is Sanjay’s daughter from his first wife Richa Sharma, who had died of brain tumour in 1996. Trishala now runs her business of hair and nail extensions in New York. She had come to India for a while before Sanjay Dutt was sentenced to Jail. Ever since, she has been living in the US. (Read: Sanjay Dutt’s remission as per rules: Judge who had sent him to jail)
The Bollywood superstar was arrested on April 19, 1993, for possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle, which was a part of cache of arms and explosives which landed in India prior to the serial blasts of March 1993. (Also read: Sanjay Dutt to take chartered flight home after leaving from Yerwada)
During the investigation and the marathon trial, he spent 18 months in jail. On July 31, 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.
During his imprisonment, he was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and again for 30 days later. (With PTI inputs)