Sanjay Dutt will have to spend at least a month in Arthur Road Central Jail

The Munnabhai actor, who was most likely to be kept at Pune’s Yerawada jail, will now stay at Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail for the next one month

Initial plans to shift Sanjay Dutt from Arthur Road jail to some other prison in the state seem to have gone through a change now. Maharashtra police have stated that it would take them at least 15 days to decide whether to keep actor Sanjay Dutt in the high-security Arthur Road jail or to shift him elsewhere.

The police will need that much time to make a decision because the prison department has been gathering information like the number of convicts, security conditions, presence of inmates linked to underworld in various jails in the state – Taloja (Navi Mumbai), Yerwada (Pune), Thane, Nagpur and Nashik. Earlier, Dutt had appealed to surrender at Pune’s Yerawada jail citing threat to his life, but he later withdrew his plea and accepted the court order.

The Arthur Road jail is usually used to keep under trials, while convicted criminals are shifted to the Central prison in Maharashtra. Dutt’s lawyer on Friday had made an oral plea to the court to shift Dutt from the anda (egg shaped) cell after Dutt complained of suffocation and was shifted to another cell.

Dutt has been lodged in the high security prison at Arthur Road jail after his surrender on Thursday to serve his sentence in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.