Sanjay Dutt has been at the thick of one of nation's biggest controversies. He was earlier sentenced to five years in jail for possession of arms, which were a part of the consignment used in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. On 31 July, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced him to six years’ rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act, which was later reduced to five years and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. On Monday, Bombay High Court asked the Maharashtra government to justify its decision to grant the actor early release from prison, in February 2016. He was let out, eight months early, on account of his good conduct while in Pune’s Yerwada prison.
BK Upadhyay, Additional Director General of Police has said: "Since matter is in Honourable HC, prison deptt will submit its reply in the court.No statement in this regard has been issued as the matter is subjudice. Regards". Later a report was submitted to the court by Maharashtra Prison Department, which read that Sanjay's release was as per Maharashtra Government rules and there has been no special treatment given to the actor in this case. A division bench of justices M Sawant and Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a public interest litigation by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar challenging the regular paroles and furloughs granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence.
A public interest litigation had been filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar challenging the regular paroles and furloughs granted to Dutt when he was serving his sentence. During his imprisonment, Sanjay was granted parole of 90 days in December 2013 and later again for 30 days.
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