Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said the government will be guided by the laws and not take decisions keeping in mind any individual or groups. Fadnavis made these observations commenting on the decision taken by the government to extend furlough to well known actor Sanjay Dutt who is serving imprisonment in Yerawada jail in Pune.
Fadnavis said, directives are very clear to authorities in the home department and police force to adhere to rule books. He said, “Maharashtra government has strictly adhered to the rules while deciding the furlough to Sanjay Dutt. Our government doesn’t believe in discriminating or victimising any body. Law treats all as equal.”
The state government found itself in a catch 22 situation on Thursday following indecisiveness on part of DIG prisons and state police on further extension sought by Dutt. The actor’s 14 days leave had ended on Thursday and he wanted further extension. However, failure on part of the jail authorities lead to Dutt surrendering himself at Pune. But in wake of indecisiveness he was told to return home.
The chief minister said, “ There was no question of government intervention in Dutt’s case.” The government believes the concerned authorities should be pursuing the matter as per the laid norms and executive in letter and spirit.
Fadnavis dismissed the apprehensions raised in some quarters that government would discriminate against Dutt as in the past BJP and Shiv Sena were vocal against him. Dismissing such prejudice voiced in some quarters, the chief minister argues, “ The law of land applies to one and all. There cannot be special norms for any celebrity. Nor any different laws for common man. There is a uniform law which applies to all. And my government is also bound by laws.”
Dutt is serving imprisonment for illegal possession of af an AK56 rifle and its destruction. Recently he was given 14 days leave from the prison to be with his family on the eve of New Year celebration.