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1993 blasts case: Sanjay Dutt to be freed from jail in March

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Pune: Jailed Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt will walk out a free man in the first week of March from the Yeravada Central Jail in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, official sources said here on Tuesday.

This comes days after Maharashtra Governor C V Rao rejected Dutt’s plea for pardon on September 15.

The governor had rejected the plea by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Markandey Katju in March 2013, which came in the form of letters addressed to the president, the (then) prime minister, union home minister and other top officials.

“On September 15, Governor Rao declined the appeal and has forwarded his recommendation to the state government for further action,” an official, declining to be identified, told IANS.

While rejecting the pardon plea, the governor adhered to the state home ministry’s advice, on – among others – grounds that it could set a wrong precedent.

In his plea, Justice Katju had sought a pardon for Dutt on grounds that he was not a terrorist and also demanded pardon for elderly co-convict Zaibunissa Kazi.

Earlier, Dutt himself declared that he would not seek pardon from any quarter and abide by the Supreme Court verdict sending him to jail to serve the remainder of his five-year term at Yerawada Central Jail (YCJ), Pune.

According to current indications, Dutt is likely to complete his sentence and walk out of prison by the year-end or early 2016.

Dutt was convicted for his role in the March 12, 1993, Mumbai serial blasts and after his arrest in 1996 had spent 18 months in jail before getting bail.

In 2013, he was sentenced to five years imprisonment and was transferred to the Yerawada Central Jail for serving the remaining prison term of 42 months.

In the interim, the “Munnabhai M.B.B.S” actor was out four times on parole on various grounds and is currently released on furlough since August 27 for his daughter’s medical problems.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Sanjay Dutt Didn’t Share An Easy Bond With His Late Father Sunil Dutt

On Father's Day on Sunday, Sanjay, now a dad of three, remembered his father

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Sanjay Dutt Didn't Share An Easy Bond With His Late Father Sunil Dutt
Sanjay Dutt Didn't Share An Easy Bond With His Late Father Sunil Dutt, flickr

Actor Sanjay Dutt, whose life of ups and downs has inspired a Bollywood biopic “Sanju” that tells a father-son story, says he did not share an easy bond with his late father Sunil Dutt.

On Father’s Day on Sunday, Sanjay, now a dad of three, remembered his father.

“Whatever I am today is because of my father. He is my inspiration and I miss him every day. I did not always share an easy relationship with him. But he always stood by me. I wish he was here to see me as a free man and the beautiful family that I have today. He would have been proud,” Sanjay said in a statement to IANS.

It was in February 2016 that Sanjay walked out of jail completing his prison-term for illegal possession of arms. For the actor, his father was always a pillar of strength throughout his roller-coaster personal and professional life.

Sanjay Dutt with police
Sanjay Dutt with police, Flickr

While Sanjay keeps sharing memories of his father on social media, it is this bond that finds focus in Rajkumar Hirani’s “Sanju”, which features Ranbir essay the title role and Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt.

Talking about his own children, Sanjay said: “Trishala, Iqra and Shahran are such good kids. I am so proud of them… I can’t wait to get back home and spend sometime with them.”

Also read: Sanjay Dutt’s wife Manyata Dutt Denies WrongDoing

Sanjay is currently busy shooting for “Prassthanam”. (IANS)

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