Sanjay Dutt likely to release from jail soon

Home Minister has asked the Maharashtra Govt to provide an opinion in case of reduction of span of sentence of Sanjay Dutt and two other convicts associated with 1993 serial bomb blasts case. The reduction of sentence is asked on the basis of humanitarian grounds which in turn are based on the good conduct of the convicts. One of the three convicts is a 70 years old woman.

The plea application was petitioned by Press Council of India chief Justice (retd) Markandey Katju. The petition was forwarded to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee. It pleased for the relief of the three convicts including actor Sanjay Dutt.

After this the President forwarded the application to the Home Minister who sought opinion of Maharashtra Government for reduction of sentence of the three convicts.

We have asked the state government to provide its opinion, the jailor's comment on the actor's conduct and a few others issues.” sources said.

Sanjay Dutt is currently at his home on a furlough. He is otherwise serving his punishment term at Yerwada jail in Pune in connection with 1993 serial Mumbai blasts case.

Furlough is granted to prisoners on the basis of a number of factors. Good conduct is one of the crucial factors for granting furlough. Furlough is sanctioned to a prisoner from the accumulated leaves of the prisoner.

Sanjay Dutt was granted with a punishment term of 60 months of imprisonment. He had already served 18 months earlier. So this time, he is serving remaining 42 months of his imprisonment. Dutt was guilty of possessing arms at his residence like AF 56, part of which weapons consignment were used in the bombings of 1993 Mumbai blasts.

First Sanjay was sent to Mumbai’s Arthur jail but later on May 22nd, he was shifted to Yerwada jail in Pune. In March 21st verdict, Sanjay Dutt’s jail term was reduced to five years from six years.

On May 10th Sanjay Dutt has filed a petition for review of his punishment and judgment. His application plea was rejected.

After the opinion of the state Govt, the matter will be again put to the President. “After we get the response from the State government, it would be put before the President. Mr. Dutt, who was sent to Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail and later shifted to Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail, is out on parole for his good conduct.” an official from The Union Ministry of Home Affairs said.