Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt’s early release from jail, in the March 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, is lately being questioned by Bombay High Court. And, in order to justify the same, the Maharashtra state government on Monday reportedly presented an affidavit at the HC.
The government in its affidavit has given a division of the duration he had served in jail, excluding the time for which he was on parole and at the end showing that he completed his five years of the term.
The total parole leave mentioned in the affidavit is four months and furlough leave is one month and 14 days.The affidavit also mentioned that Dutt was not found guilty of all the other offences for which he was charged and, accordingly, acquitted for all the said offences.
The HC granted two weeks’ time to the state government to file an affidavit to justify its decision to grant Sanjay an early release. Dutt was sentenced to five years in jail for possession of arms, which were part of a consignment used in the blasts that ripped through the city on March 12, 1993, killing as many as 257 people and injuring over 700 others.
The actor, who was on bail during the trial, had surrendered in May 2013 after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction.Dutt was let out in February 2016, eight months early, on account of his good conduct while in Yerwada prison.