Finally the Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt was released from Pune’s Jail, after completing his prison term of 42 months – following his conviction in the Mumbai’s 1993 serial bombings case.
The 56-year-old B-Town actor, was serving as prisoner number 16656 at Pune’s Yerawada Jail from May 2013, to complete his remaining 42 months out of a total of five years of imprisonment that was confirmed by the Supreme Court in the year 2013. Dutt, had already served 18 months behind the bars after being confined in 1996. Dutt was recently granted a remission of 144 days on the basis of good behavior and activities like running a radio programme.
Dutt, was convicted for firearms offenses linked to the 1993’s serial Mumbai blasts which killed 257 people and injured 713 reportedly. He was sentenced of acquiring firearms from the bombers, however, Dutt later revealed that the weapons were necessary in order to defend his family during Mumbai’s Hindu-Muslim riots.
Incidentally, the Bollywood star has often been accused of being given special treatment during his prison term entangled in controversy in which he spent more than three months on furloughs and paroles.
Superintendent UT Pawar , The chief of Pune Yerwada Jail told sources :
“His remission was worked out in compliance with jail rules and he was treated like any other convict”
There was touch of melancholy, as the visibly emotional Dutt walked out of the prison, he kissed the ground and saluted the prison on coming out and then trudged ahead with a large bag on his shoulders. He told sources :
“I am out here because of their [fans’] support. There is no easy walk to freedom, my friends”
Sanjay Dutt is Bollywood’s most bankable stars, he starred in many blockbuster Bollywood movies and is famous for his role as a lovable gangster in the ‘Munna Bhai’ movie.
In 2006, a special anti-terror court convicted 100 people for the Mumbai bombings. Reportedly, Twelve convicts were given the death penalty and 20 others were sentenced to life imprisonment.
Source: Indian Express