Sanjay Dutt to walk free on Thursday morning

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will be released from Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail on Thursday morning, February 25. The 56-year-old actor is currently serving the last few days of his five-year sentence for possession of illegal arms in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The release date of Dutt was first announced by his spokesperson in June last year amid speculation that the actor would be reward with an early exit from prison for his good conduct. The actor is scheduled to walk out of the prison at around 9 am on Thrusday and his wife Manyata, children and other family members are expected to receive him, prison officials confirmed on Monday. However, there will be no welcoming ceremony by his family or farewell by his inmates, on security grounds.

Dutt was jailed in 1996 and was under trail in connection with the March 12, 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case. He got bail after serving 18 months in prison. The Supreme Court in 2013 sentenced him to a five-year term in the case and ordered him to complete the remaining 42 months of his term.

The second instalment of Dutt’s term has been mired in controversies due to the repeated paroles and furloughs he obtained. He first came out of jail on a 14-day furlough, which was extended by a further seven days, in October 2013. He was then granted a 30-day parole which, again, was extended by another 30 days in January 2014. In December 2014, he got one more furlough so that he could spend bring in the new year with his family. In August 2015, he spent 60 days on parole for his daughter’s surgery.