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No violation by state in Sanjay Dutt’s early release: Bombay HC

2/6/2018

The judicial bench at Bombay High Court has dismissed the petition citing favouritism shown towards Sanjay Dutt as it lacks any material from official records to substantiate. Headed by Justice SC Dharmadikari and Bharti Dangre, the bench stated that no violation on part of the state to having let Sanjay Dutt walk out of jail eight months before his sentence completion of five years in the 1993 serial bomb blast case. Dismissing the public interest litigation challenging the frequent paroles and furloughs, the bench said, “We found nothing contrary in the record submitted by the state Home department and the explanation offered by the state. No violations or abuse of discretionary powers were detected.” Moreover, no other convicts filed any grievance of any favouritism shown towards the actor. However, the bench also expressed the need for a better-devised scheme for paroles and furloughs for a transparent functioning. The bench said, “The public or inmates themselves must not get the impression that the authorities grant favours in allowing parole and furlough.” The PIL claimed special treatment to Sanjay Dutt as, despite exemplary conduct of several other inmates, only the actor was granted early leave. Sanjay Dutt was convicted for the illegal possession of arms in the 1993 serial bomb blast case. The actor spent a little over a year and four months in jail as an undertrial and two and a half years as a convict. The actor was acquitted from Yerwada jail on February 25th, 2016, which is eights months and 16 days before the completion of his five-year sentence.

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