There’s a new twist to the Sanjay Dutt tale. There are times where you get a chance to put the past behind you and move but unfortunately in Sanju Baba’s case, his past seems to catch up with him soon or later.
On 31st July, 2007, the TADA court in Mumbai sentenced Sanjay Dutt to six years’ rigorous imprisonment under the Arms Act and also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000. Following that, in 2013, the Supreme Court upheld the ruling, and reducing the sentence, ordered Dutt to five years in jail for possession of arms, which were said to be a part of the consignment used in the 1993 blasts in Mumbai.
Based on good conduct, Sanjay Dutt was released from prison in February 2016, almost 8 months before his actual release date. His release was obviously a big relief for his family and everyone would have imagined that this is where the story would end.
However, now the Bombay High Court has asked the Maharashtra government to justify its decision to grant the actor early release. RM Sawant and Sadhana Jadhav, two of the justices of the Bombay High Court heard a public interest litigation filed by Pune resident Pradeep Bhalekar, who had challenged Dutt’s early release. The regular paroles and the leniency he received during his jail time was the matter in question.
Following the appeal, the court directed the state government to file an affidavit stating what parameters were considered while deciding that Dutt indeed deserved an early release.
While we wait for more news on this case, we can’t help but imagine the emotional rollercoaster the Dutt family might be on right now.
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