Dutt gets parole again

Dutt gets parole again

Actor Sanjay Dutt, who has been serving a five-year jail term in Pune for possessing a deadly Kalashnikov assault rile — that was part of the consignment that landed before the March 12, 1993 serial blasts— has been granted parole for attending to his daughter, who is scheduled to undergo a surgery of her nose.

The 56-year-old actor has often faced criticism for frequent paroles. The actor has been lodged in Pune’s Yerawada jail. Dutt has been granted a 30-day parole, which is extendable up to 60 days. Since his sentence began in May 2013, the actor has spent close to five months outside jail — under parole and furlough. He has been convicted in the March 12, 1993 serial blasts case – for possessing an AK-47 rifle, which he later destroyed. Justice P D Kode, the then special judge of TADA court, convicted him and awarded a six years imprisonment.

The Supreme Court had upheld his conviction, but reduced the sentence by one year – making his jail term  up to  five years. On January 10, he had returned to the prison after a furlough – which came under the scanner of media and activists.

The Supreme Court on March 21, 2013 upheld the conviction - and Dutt had surrendered before a designated TADA court in Mumbai on May 16, 2013 to serve the remaining 42 months’ jail term.

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