Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will be a free man tomorrow when he walks out of the Yerawada Jail here where he served 42 months, as a part of his five-year sentence after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case. According to jail officials, the 56-year-old actor, who has been surrounded by controversies triggered by accusations that he availed of irregular remission in his sentence and was accorded a special treatment by the authorities, will be released tomorrow.
According to his lawyers, Dutt’s remission days were calculated in accordance with rules and jail manual. “Dutt will be released tomorrow (February 25) in the morning around 10.00 am in keeping with the normal procedures as applied to every prisoner who has completed his sentence and jail term,” Yerawada Jail Superintendent UT Pawar said. Pawar refuted allegations that the jail authorities had given Dutt a special treatment during his stay in view of his celebrity status. “His remission was worked out in compliance with jail rules and he was treated like any other convict,” he said.
Maharashtra Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde yesterday said the actor will be completing his jail term on February 25, after counting in the eight months and 16 days he earned as exemption or remission on account of good behaviour in prison. Dutt was lodged in the Yerawada prison in May 2013 to undergo remainder of his sentence after being convicted for illegal possession of arms under the Arms Act. According to jail officials, the “Khalnayak” and “Munnabhai” of the silver screen was given work of making paper bags in his cell.