MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt was on Monday granted an extension to his 30-day parole which now extends the total leave granted to the actor to 90 days out of his total stay in prison so far.
Dutt, who secured a parole on Dec 21 from Pune's Yerawada Central Jail (YCJ), was expected to return to the jail on January 20 after the completion of his one month leave from the prison. However, he received another extension to his leave by 30 days on personal grounds.
Prior to this, Dutt had been released on a 30-day parole in October last year.
The 'Munna bhai' fame actor has spent many days out on parole since being imprisoned. It has been 249 days since him being lodged in jail but he has been granted parole for 90 days so far.
Here is the timeline of Dutt's parole/furlough:
October, 2013 (30 days):
Oct 2 to Oct 15:
Dutt's first furlough request was accepted on medical grounds as the actor complained of leg pain and also sought time to spend with his family.
Oct 16 to Oct 29:
The actor was granted a leave extension of another 14 days, again on medical reasons.
December, 2013 - January, 2014 (30 days):
Dec 21, 2013:
Dutt was granted one month parole which would end on Jan 23, 2014. The actor was granted the month-long parole on the ground of his wife Manyata's illness.
The parole offered for the third time in just three months triggered protests outside the Yerwada jail and the government ordered an enquiry on the number of leaves granted to the actor.
January -February, 2014 (30 days)
Jan 20, 2014:
The Bollywood superstar was supposed to return to jail on Jan 20 but was again granted parole of 30 days on grounds of his wife's prolonged illness.
A convict in the March 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, Dutt had surrendered before a Mumbai special court in May 16, 2013 after his conviction by the Supreme Court. Initially he was lodged in Mumbai Arthur road jail on May 16. He was later shifted to Pune's Yerwada jail on May, 21 for security reasons.
Since he had already served 18 months of his five-year sentence, Dutt returned to YCJ to serve the remaining 42 months of his conviction for illegal possession of weapons in 1993. (With inputs from agencies)