Bombay HC pulls up Maharashtra govt over early release of Sanjay Dutt

The Bombay HC directed the Maharashtra government to file an affidavit stating what parameters were considered for letting Dutt out eight months early.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 6:01 pm
Sanjay Dutt, 1993 blast case, Bombay High Court, Sanjay Dutt early release Actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Pune’s Yerwada jail eight months earlier. (Express Photo, File)

The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to justify its decision to grant actor Sanjay Dutt early release from prison in connection with the 1993 serial blasts case, reported news agency PTI. Dutt, who was earlier sentenced to five years in jail for possession of arms that were part of the consignment used in the blasts, was let out of Pune’s Yerwada jail in February 2016 on account of good conduct.

A division bench of justices R M Sawant and Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Pune-based Pradeep Bhalekar challenging the regular paroles and furloughs granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence. The actor had surrendered in May 2013 after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction.

The court directed the state government to file an affidavit stating what parameters were considered for letting Dutt out eight months early and the procedures followed while deciding that Dutt deserved leniency. “Was the DIG, Prisons, consulted or did the jail superintendent directly send his recommendation to the governor?” Justice Sawant asked.

“Also, how did the authorities assess that Dutt’s conduct was good? When did they get the time to make such assessment when he was out on parole half the time?” he asked. The court will hear the matter again after a week.

During the investigation and the marathon trial, Dutt spent 18 months in jail. On July 31, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years’ rigorous imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. The apex court upheld the ruling in 2013 but reduced Dutt’s sentence to five years, after which the actor surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence.

During his imprisonment, Dutt was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and later again for 30 days.

(With inputs from PTI)

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    HOMER
    Jun 12, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    Sanjay is a pro-muslim ANTI-INDIA pro- stan dawood man!
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      Vinod
      Jun 13, 2017 at 2:31 am
      RSS and BJP are ANTI-INDIA because they are instigating Religious riots using RSS linked Terror Groups.
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      HOMER
      Jun 12, 2017 at 10:33 pm
      A TRAITOROUS loving Dawood man should have been charged for sedition and aiding and abetting terrorists got away with a minor possessions charge and then he was out for months on some pretence or another!And the final injustice is when his sentence was cut short!
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        Seshadri.Venugopalan
        Jun 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm
        Fadnavis was just showing mercy for Dutt not able to skrew around women when in jail. So Fadnavis thought that depriving Dutt of SEKS is a great crime according to verse 10.34.58 of Shama Veda. He even consulted his guru Modiji and Bachelor Bagawat ji for divine guidance to let Dutt have SEKS. Based on their divine guidance and of course approval from security agencies, Fadnavis released Dutt. Bagawat accepted for his release on the condition that he will MANUFACTURE AS MANY ARYAN CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE. And that is why he is still a bachelor.
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          prakash
          Jun 12, 2017 at 9:09 pm
          He is a rich hindu , so he should be definitely granted an early release. Only the poor , the dalits and muslims should be imprisoned.
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            HOMER
            Jun 12, 2017 at 10:36 pm
            He is not hindu! His father was a weak kneed live struck fool who married a Muslim! It is widely known he was pro-muslim ANTI-INDIA pro- stan and a dawood man! There is hardly anyone less hindu than this TERRORIST supporter! But why are you hiding behind a hindu name Mian?
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            NRI
            Jun 12, 2017 at 9:02 pm
            I hope Dutt will go back to jail to complete the terms.
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              NRI
              Jun 12, 2017 at 9:01 pm
              Jai Pradeep Jhalekar. We need to support him. Great job challenging the actions of the government and lower courts.
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                premnazir
                Jun 12, 2017 at 8:54 pm
                Celebrities get more parole than jail....Shame!
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                  manian
                  Jun 12, 2017 at 7:17 pm
                  This shows whichever govt. is in power celebrities get away with anything,Can the jail authorities extend similar treatment to other prisoners?.Dutt was allower to go whenever he wanted.This is the reason why many people feel things have not changed much even under Modi.
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