Actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted for illegal possession of arms in a case clubbed with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, reached Yerawada jail Thursday to surrender on expiry of his 14-day furlough but was sent back home. There was apparently lack of coordination between the prison and police authorities on his petition seeking an extension of the leave.
“When Sanjay Dutt reached the jail, there was a news flash that the minister concerned had made a statement that since the application seeking extension of furlough was pending, he (Dutt) did not have to surrender. Hence, we gave a letter to the prison authorities saying we will wait for another 24 hours. If there is no word by then, Dutt will surrender on Friday,” his lawyer Hitesh Jain told PTI.
Rajendra Dhamane, Deputy Inspector General (Prisons), Pune, said: “Sanjay Dutt cited bad health as reason for the extension of furlough. We have asked the Mumbai Police to verify if the reason cited by the convict was true.”
Talking to The Indian Express, a senior jail department officer said: “Though a furlough is for 14 days, in almost all the cases it is extended for another 14 days. So, when an application for the extension of furlough is pending due to some reason, the inmate can continue the leave for next 14 days…and has to report on the 29th day. If the furlough is granted till the 30th day it is fine. But if it is rejected due to some reason, the inmate has to return and is penalised in the form of reduction in the remission that is earned.”
With PTI inputs