Sanjay Dutt. Press trust of India file photo

The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Maharashtra government to justify the decision to release Sanjay Dutt prior to the completion of his sentence.

The Court was hearing a PIL filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar challenging the regular paroles and furloughs granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence, A division bench comprising Justice RM Sawant Jadhav.

Sanjay Dutt was released in February 2016, eight months before his sentence in the 1993 serial blast case was supposed to end. In 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the TADA’s Court ruling but had reduced the length of sentence to five years following which he surrendered to serve the remainder of his sentence. During the length of his sentence, he was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and later again it was extended by 30 days more days.

Court directed the Maharashtra BJP Government to file an affidavit :

The court had directed the Maharashtra BJP government to submit an affidavit stating the parameters and the procedures which were considered and followed while deciding that Dutt early release.

“Was the DIG, Prisons, consulted or did the jail superintendent directly send his recommendation to the governor?” Justice Sawant asked. “Also, how did the authorities assess that Dutt’s conduct was good? When did they get the time to make such assessment when he was out on parole half the time?” he asked

Comeback in Movies : 

After early release, Sanjay Dutt has made a comeback in movies. He has already shot for Bhoomi, directed by Omung Kumar. He also signed two more movies, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster 3 and Malang

Source & Photo Credit : DH and IE