Bombay High Court pulls up Maharashtra Govt. for parole extension to Sanjay Dutt
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday pulled up the Maharashtra Government for repeated parole extensions to actor Sanjay Dutt.
Hearing on plea filed questioning the repeated extensions to Dutt, the court asked, "what is the point of rules and regulations if a convict can enjoy 105 days outside the jail?"
"This type of diligence is not shown for all convicts. Why does the state government adopt a casual approach when the convict is a common man? We have seen in many cases convicts approach us stating their parole and furlough applications are not decided for months together and then we have to interfere and direct for their pleas to be processed," the court further stated.
Dutt was granted a parole on December 21after he had filed a request for a month parole citing his wife Maanyata's illness in his application.
On February 21, his parole was extended by the by the Pune Divisional Commissioner.
The court also advised the state to use its discretionary powers properly and added that the state should refrain from discriminating between convicts while approving their parole applications.
Dutt had surrendered before a TADA court in Mumbai in May after the Supreme Court delivered a final verdict on the Bollywood actor's part in the bomb blasts that ripped Mumbai apart in 1993.
Dutt was sentenced to six years in jail in 2007, and had his sentence reduced by a year.
He had already served 18 months of his sentence and was sent to prison to serve the remaining 42 months left of the five-year jail term he was handed by the Supreme Court.
(Posted on 26-02-2014)