Sanjay Dutt will be send to Yerawada jail on May 16

With Supreme Court rejection to Sanjay Dutt’s review petition, it has been almost confirmed that Dutt has to go behind the bar for three and a half years. Despite plea for pardon by Chief Justice Katju and well known personalities from film industry and politicians for Munnabhai, they failed to seek pardon for Dutt and finally had to bow before the judicial system of the country. Sanjay who was found guilty of possessing illegal weapons and AK-56 will have to surrender before jail authorities on May 16. It was learnt that the actor would be likely to be kept at Pune’s Yerawada jail.

However, the Maharashtra prisons department will decide on this within four to five days. If he is locked at Yerawada jail then he will be put in a separate cell and tight security will be provided.

Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) Meeran Borwankar, who was in New Delhi on Friday, said, “We are not sharing with media about where Sanjay Dutt will be kept after he surrenders.” Senior officials said no special preparation was necessary for Dutt.

“Dutt is expected to be sent to Yerawada. We have all facilities there to lodge high-profile convicts and it is considered to be safe. Security has been beefed up in Yerawada following the murder of Indian Mujahideen operative Qateel Siddiqui,” said a jail source.

A jail officer said, “As per the procedure, he will first surrender before the TADA court and later will be handed over to Arthur Road jail from where the jail authority will provide him security. Earlier, he was lodged in a Thane jail where he was kept in the anda cell and later he was shifted to the Yerawada jail and kept in separate cell.”

There is only one judicial option left for Sanjay Dutt to get relief from the jail tern that is by filing a curative petition. He can also get relief if Maharashtra Governor pardon him for his deeds.

“He has no option but to surrender on the appointed day, get in (jail), and then seek relief of remission, which I hope he may get,” eminent criminal lawyer Majid Memon, who defended many of the accused in the case, said on being asked about SC’s rejection of Dutt’s plea.